Tobacco PricesHigher tobacco prices help smokers quit, and are the best way to keep cigarettes out of the hands of kids – it’s that simple. New research from Minnesota show that cigarette price increases have been the top driver of smoking declines since 1993. You can learn more about cigarette prices and the costs of tobacco use at www.stillaproblem.com.
Tobacco: Still a Problem
Tobacco is still an urgent problem in Minnesota. Approximately 625,000 adults and 77,000 youth still smoke, and the state loses 6,000 lives each year due to tobacco use. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry spends $12.8 billion annually to market its products nationwide, with more than $100 million of that being spent in Minnesota alone. To learn more, visit www.stillaproblem.com.
Secondhand SmokeThe Freedom to Breathe Act was a huge victory for Minnesotans – a strong statewide law to protect people from toxic secondhand smoke at their workplaces. But there’s still work to do, as many nonsmokers are still exposed to secondhand smoke every day. We are committed to reducing that exposure everywhere, from apartments to college campuses. For a current list of colleges with smoke-free policies, visit http://www.healthycampusmn.umn.edu.
Public FundingPublic Funding- ClearWay Minnesota supports public funding for efforts to reduce tobacco use in Minnesota, especially among youth. Recent important programs include Minnesota’s State Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which has given $47 million to local communities to help them combat tobacco use and obesity. Learn more about SHIP here.
FDAIn 2009, President Obama signed a bill giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA now has the ability to accurately inform consumers about the dangers of tobacco products, to further restrict how they are marketed, to force tobacco makers to reveal what goes into cigarettes, and many other powers. ClearWay Minnesota supports the complete implementation of the new law so it can have maximum impact; more information can be found here.
Quit-Smoking Services for EveryoneQuit-smoking services work hand in hand with public policies to drive smoking rates down. We support any efforts in the public or private sector to make sure all Minnesotans have access to comprehensive, science-based quitting help. Information about our free quit-smoking resource, QUITPLAN® Services, is available at 1-888-354-PLAN or at www.quitplan.com.