Tobacco Prevention and Control
Request for Proposals for Cessation Services
The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals for a contractor to create, implement, and evaluate statewide tobacco cessation services designed to provide free cessation support to Minnesotans who need help quitting their use of commercial tobacco. Providing free and easy access to tobacco cessation services and support to Minnesotans in need, and closing the disparity gaps for the populations that are most harmed by commercial tobacco, are high priorities for the Department and are an integral component of its mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans.
Learn more: Request for Proposals for Cessation Services
New Webpage: Vaping-Associated Lung Injuries
The Minnesota Department of Health is working with local public health and health care providers to investigate reports of severe lung injury potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and adults. With similar reports coming from other states in recent weeks, MDH is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine a cause and what steps may be taken to prevent additional illness.
Learn more: Vaping-Associated Lung Injuries
New Data Brief: Tobacco Use and Asthma
One in five Minnesota teens (grades 6-12) have asthma, a serious chronic disease that can make it difficult to breathe. Minnesota youth who have asthma are more likely than their peers to smoke or vape, and people who have asthma who smoke or vape are likely to experience worsening symptoms and require medical treatment.
Minnesota’s middle school and high school students who have asthma who vaped or smoked in the past 30 days reported experiencing more frequent symptoms of asthma than students who did not have asthma who had not vaped or smoked.
Learn more: Tobacco NUMBRS
New Data Brief: Smoking and Vaping around Youth who have Asthma
The CDC advises people who have asthma to avoid tobacco smoke, yet Minnesota teens who have asthma are more likely to breathe someone else’s tobacco smoke or e-cigarette aerosol than teens who do not have asthma. Minnesota’s teens who have asthma are less likely to be protected by rules against smoking in the family’s homes or vehicles.Learn more: Tobacco NUMBRS
Updated School E-cigarette Toolkit: Addressing Student Use of E-cigarettes and other Vaping Products
We recently updated our School E-cigarette Toolkit, which provides tools and resources for Minnesota school staff, including administrators, educators, teachers and health services staff, who are working to address the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products in schools. It outlines opportunities for action that can be taken by various school staff, along with resources and tools to help.
Tobacco is Still a Problem
Tobacco use kills over 6,300 Minnesotans every year and costs Minnesota $3.2 billion annually in medical costs. Investing in tobacco prevention and control saves lives and taxpayer dollars.
We're working to reduce tobacco's harm by:
- Reducing youth access to tobacco.
- Reducing secondhand smoke exposure.
- Increasing access to cessation resources.
- Addressing tobacco-related disparities.
Thanks to effective, evidence-based policies that ensure clean indoor air and keep tobacco prices high, Minnesota’s smoking rates are the lowest ever recorded.
Among 11th graders, smoking fell from 12.2 percent in 2013 to 8.4 percent in 2016. Among adults, smoking fell from 16.1 percent in 2010 to 14.4 percent in 2014.
Learn more about youth tobacco use.
More Work to Do
More kids are using new and flavored products, like e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use is twice as high as conventional cigarettes. Nicotine, found in these products, is highly addictive and harmful to the adolescent brain.
Learn more about e-cigarettes and other vaping products.
Many communities also still use tobacco at significantly higher rates. Culturally appropriate and community-led efforts are needed to close these gaps.