Tobacco Prevention and Control

Tobacco Prevention and Control

Minnesota Comprehensive Tobacco Control Framework, 2016-2021

Striving for a Minnesota where all people are free from the harms of tobacco

Minnesota has a long and rich history of successfully reducing the harm tobacco causes its residents. However, the work is not done. Although the state’s overall smoking rates are below national averages, certain Minnesota communities are still at risk and suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related death and disease.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Tobacco Control Framework 2016-2021 lays out an ambitious path to address tobacco use. With the vision of striving for a Minnesota where all people are free from the harms of tobacco as its foundation, the Framework delivers to health care providers, policymakers, the public health community and other stakeholders a set of six goals consistent with the priorities established by the CDC and 17 bold steps in working toward these goals.

Read the Framework: Minnesota Comprehensive Tobacco Control Framework, 2016-2021 (PDF)


11/30/2016: New smoke-free rule protects Minnesota's public housing residents

facts about smoke-free housingThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released their rule requiring all public housing agencies to have a smoke-free policy, in order to protect residents and staff from secondhand smoke, reduce fire risk and maintenance costs and provide cleaner and safer air for all residents.

These policies will create smoke-free spaces in living units, indoor common areas and public housing agency offices.

Read HUD's news release.
HUD Secretary Castro Announces Public Housing to be Smoke-Free

Read HUD's final rule.
Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing

Smoke-free housing resources

Resources for quitting smoking

6/20/2016: Request for Proposals: Tobacco-Free Communities Grant Program

MDH seeks proposals to implement the Tobacco-Free Communities (TFC) Grant Program, aiming to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and address tobacco-related disparities in Minnesota by promoting community-driven tobacco prevention and control activities and strategies.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) reinforces MDH's overall goal of advancing health equity and achieving population-level health improvements. This RFP also reflects the statewide goals identified in Minnesota's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Framework, 2016-2021, and input from stakeholders who participated in MDH's 2015 Community Voices input process. This RFP provides funding, training, and other resources to strengthen the capacity of communities to influence their own healthy future and work collaboratively to reduce tobacco-related health disparities and the negative influence of commercial tobacco use in Minnesota.

View the RFP at

5/31/2016: New Report – Community Voices: Reducing Tobacco-Related Health Inequities

We are pleased to share our report Community Voices: Reducing Tobacco-related Health Inequities. In 2015, we initiated the Community Voices input process to address the disproportionately higher rates of commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among many of our communities.

This report includes input from community stakeholders on the harms of commercial tobacco, approaches to decrease commercial tobacco use and exposure, and strategies to address tobacco-related health inequities. It also includes findings and opportunities for action based on the input gathered.

Read the report at

1/1/2016: Tobacco treatment free for Minnesotans on Medical Assistance starting 2016

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 here.

11/2/2015: Menthol Cigarette Intervention Grant recipient announced

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 Partnership. 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.

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Updated Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:44AM