Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control - Minnesota Department of Health

Commercial Tobacco Prevention and Control

Commercial tobacco use is still a problem. It kills over 6,300 Minnesotans every year and costs Minnesota $3.2 billion annually in medical costs. Investing in commercial tobacco use prevention and control saves lives and taxpayer dollars. We're working to reduce commercial tobacco's harm by:

  • Reducing youth access to commercial tobacco.
  • Reducing secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Increasing access to cessation resources.
  • Addressing commercial tobacco-related disparities.
Commercial tobacco products are tobacco products manufactured and sold by the tobacco industry, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and chew. Commercial tobacco is different from the traditional or sacred tobacco, also known as Cansasa, Asemaa, or Kinnikinnick, and which are used by some American Indian communities for sacred purposes.

Recent news

Winners announced for 2022 Escape the Vape youth video contest

More than 250 entries submitted from students across the state

Mohamed Mustafa, a senior at Moorhead High School, and Princess Hart, an eighth grader at Buffalo Community Middle School, are this year’s Escape the Vape video contest winners for their videos Don’t Let Vaping Take that Away from You and Vaping Is Stressing You Out!, respectively. Each student will receive a $500 cash prize. Their schools will also each receive $500.

Read more: Winners announced for 2022 Escape the Vape youth video contest

The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals to create community-driven changes to policies, practices, systems, and environments to reduce commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among populations experiencing commercial tobacco-related disparities.

The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to fund projects that create community-driven and culturally responsive strategies that work to change community norms related to harmful commercial tobacco, and that result in sustainable changes.

Learn More: Request for Proposals for Commercial Tobacco-Free Communities Grant Program

Escape the Vape Video Contest Finalists Announced, Public Voting Opens

Finalists have been announced for Escape the Vape 2022, a vaping/e-cigarette use prevention PSA video contest for Minnesota middle and high school students. More than 250 students from across Minnesota entered the contest, now in its second year. The pool of entries was reviewed by 65 student judges, including 35 Minnesota Youth Council representatives.

Cast Your Votes for the Winning Videos

Online public voting is now open to choose the winning videos. Voting will take place from Wednesday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 6, on the Escape the Vape Video Contest website. Winners will be announced Thursday, April 7. 

Watch finalist videos and cast your vote: Escape the Vape: 2022 Finalists

Now Open: Request for Proposals for Marketing Services

The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals to design and implement a statewide counter-marketing campaign that engages youth as essential partners to raise awareness and change social norms around e-cigarette and commercial tobacco use in their communities. This campaign will be a seamless part of the new Youth E-cigarette Prevention and Cessation Initiative, which includes coordinated counter-marketing communications, community grants, technical assistance and training, and surveillance and evaluation.

Proposals are due Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Responders are encouraged to reach out with questions via the request for proposals (RFP) webpage. Questions and answers will be posted on this webpage each Tuesday until proposals are due. The last day to submit questions is Friday, March 25, 2022, at 4 p.m. Central Time.

Learn more: Request for Proposals for Marketing Services

Escape the Vape Video Contest is Now Open

The Escape the Vape Video Contest is accepting submissions now through the month of February. Minnesota 6th-12th graders can use their voice to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping by creating short 30-second PSA videos. Videos will educate their peers, schools, families, and community on the risks of vaping nicotine.

Visit the contest website: Escape the Vape Video Contest

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Minnesota has made historic progress

Thanks to effective, evidence-based policies that ensure clean indoor air and keep commercial 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 commercial tobacco use.

We have 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 commercial tobacco at significantly higher rates. Culturally appropriate and community-led efforts are needed to close these gaps.

Updated Wednesday, 20-Apr-2022 11:21:19 CDT