Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) Reports
In September 2008, ClearWay Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health released a new Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) report. These collaborative reports, based on a model developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are prepared and released every four years.The new report has found that Minnesota’s adult smoking rate has fallen to 17 percent. This is down approximately 5 percent from 1999 and is significantly lower than the national average of 20 percent.The MATS report also contains findings in such areas as young adult smoking, quitting trends and the relationship between public policies and quitting. The new report is a follow-up to three previous MATS reports on secondhand smoke, quitting and young adult smoking.