Tobacco Prevention and Control

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We are working to improve the health of Minnesotans by promoting the reduction of tobacco use, and by connecting health professionals and the public to valuable resources, including information on smoking cessation and the effects of tobacco use, educational materials, and guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs. Our work in tobacco prevention and control is focused on:

  • Preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults.
  • Reducing current tobacco use among youth and adults.
  • Eliminating nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities.
  • Continuing to provide leadership on tobacco prevention and control in Minnesota and nationwide.


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

and 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.

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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.

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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, January 22, 2015 at 10:41AM