Tobacco Prevention and Control

Did you know that in Minnesota...

  • More than 102,000 youth are projected to die from smoking?
  • Smoking causes over $2.5 billion in medical costs annually?
  • Tobacco use is still the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death?

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.

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New Tips From Former Smokers ads debut March 30th, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is airing its latest round of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. The newest ads in the Tips from Former Smokers campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking. 

Tips ad featuring patient with colorectal cancer and her family

Beginning March 30, these ads will run for 20 weeks on television, radio, billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers. This year’s new ads will feature smoking-related health conditions that people don’t commonly associate with cigarette use - including vision loss and colorectal cancer.

Visit to learn more about the campaign.

Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Minimum Age for Tobacco

The Institute of Medicine released its report Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, which considers public health outcomes of raising the minimum legal age for tobacco products to 19 years, 21 years, and 25 years.

Among the key findings, it was found that raising the minimum age to 21 may result in an estimated 25 percent decrease in tobacco use among adolescents ages 15-17 years.

For more information and access to the full report visit

2014 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey results released

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.

a chart showing the 2014 smoking rate for Minnesota adults at 14.4 percent vs the national rate at 17.3 percent.

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.

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2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey results released

an infographic summarizing highlights from the 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco SurveyResults 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

University of Minnesota goes tobacco-free

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

50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health

Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health—50th Anniversary: 1964-2014 In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014, marking the 50th anniversary of the report first released in 1964.

Updated Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:40AM