Tobacco Prevention and Control
Request for Proposals for Marketing Services
The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals for a contractor to develop and manage a brand identity for new statewide tobacco cessation services, as well as a promotional campaign to raise awareness of the new services and encourage its use among Minnesotans who use tobacco products, as authorized by Minnesota Statute 144.397: Statewide Tobacco Cessation Services. The 2019 Minnesota Legislature dedicated funding for the implementation of statewide tobacco cessation services to offer Minnesotans help in quitting commercial tobacco use.
Learn more: Request for Proposals for Marketing Services
Minnesota Student Survey Shows Vaping Rates Up Sharply
Amid the backdrop of an ongoing national outbreak of severe lung injuries associated with vaping, new survey results released today show an alarming jump in the rate of teens vaping in Minnesota. In response, Governor Tim Walz is calling for an aggressive, multi-faceted campaign focused on youth education, outreach and tightening limits for accessing vaping products.
According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That represents a 54% increase from the 2016 survey, in which 17% of 11th graders reported vaping. The jump among eighth graders is even more significant, with nearly twice as many students (11% in 2019 compared to 5.7% in 2016) reporting using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days.
- Press Release: Student survey shows vaping rates up sharply
- 2019 Minnesota Student Survey: E-cigarette and Cigarette Findings (PDF)
- Tobacco Data Highlights from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (PDF)
- E-cigarettes and Vaping: www.health.mn.gov/ecigarettes
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
Commercial Tobacco Use 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.