Tobacco Prevention and Control
Did you know 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.
As of January 1, 2016, Minnesotans insured through Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare will have free coverage for cessation counseling and smoking cessation medications. Prior to this change, enrollees had co-pays for cessation medications.
Low-income Minnesotans enrolled in Medicaid smoke at approximately twice the rate of the general population, and health care costs for smokers are 34 percent higher than for nonsmokers. This change has the potential to improve health and reduce health disparities due to tobacco use.Read more at http://mn.gov/dhs/media/news/news-detail.jsp?id=252-176818.
The 2015 Menthol Cigarette Intervention Grant, a two-year, $200,000 project, was awarded to Hennepin County Public Health, in collaboration with the Minneapolis Department of Health, Saint Paul-Ramsey Public Health, and Bloomington Public Health (serving Bloomington, Edina and Richfield), for the period of 11/1/2015 through 10/31/2017.
In May 2015, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Omnibus Health and Human Services bill with a provision requiring the Minnesota Department of Health to fund a one-time grant of $200,000 through the Statewide Health Improvement Program. The law requires the grant be used to “engage members of the African American community and community-based organizations to implement strategies and interventions to reduce the disproportionately high usage of cigarettes by African Americans, especially the use of menthol-flavored cigarettes…”
Learn more about the 2015 Menthol Cigarette Intervention Grant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new policy statements around tobacco, nicotine, and tobacco smoke. These statements included recommendations falling within the following three areas:
- Public policy to protect children from tobacco, nicotine, and tobacco smoke
- Clinical practice policy to protect children from tobacco, nicotine, and tobacco smoke
- Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
BeAirAwareMN.org is a new website that provides information on indoor and outdoor air quality, tips on what individuals can do to improve air quality, and links to data on air quality and health outcomes in Minnesota.
The website also features real-time data about air quality conditions in Minnesota for common pollutants including fine particles and ozone. Action steps on improving air quality are provided for individuals and families, businesses and employers, and local officials and community groups.
The website is jointly maintained by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
On June 10, a health advisory was issued to inform parents, health care providers and the public about the health risks of nicotine exposure and alert them to the fact that no amount of nicotine is safe for youth. Key points include:
- Nicotine is highly addictive.
- Nicotine may harm brain development during adolescence.
- Nicotine is harmful to fetal health during pregnancy.
- Nicotine causes harmful physical effects, and can be toxic at any age.
Providers are encouraged to educate and advise parents that there is no safe level of nicotine exposure for pregnant women, small children, or teens, and parents are reminded to keep nicotine products out of reach.
To learn more, please visit http://www.health.mn.gov/nicotine.