Tobacco Prevention and Control
Did you know that...
- More than 102,000 Minnesota youth are projected to die from smoking?
- Smoking causes more than $2.5 billion in medical costs in Minnesota every year?
- Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in Minnesota?
We are working to reduce the burden of tobacco by:
- Preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.
- Reducing tobacco use among youth and adults.
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.
Results show Minnesota is making progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult smoking rate fell to 14.4 percent, the lowest rate ever recorded in the state. These new findings indicate that statewide efforts for reducing tobacco use are working.
However, tobacco is still a problem. Menthol cigarettes are used by a quarter of all smokers, and the use of other tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and hookah, has increased.
To learn more, visit www.mnadulttobaccosurvey.org/.
Results from this survey indicate significant progress in reducing cigarette use among youth. However, youth continue to be exposed to nicotine through conventional tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes. According to this survey, nearly 13 percent of high school students have used or tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
Learn more about this survey at www.health.mn.gov/myts.
The University of Minnesota, one of the largest academic institutions in the state, went tobacco-free on July 1, 2014. Tobacco-free environments not only encourage people to quit, they help protect people from the harms of secondhand smoke.
To learn more about Share the Air, visit http://academic.umn.edu/provost/sharetheair/.