ClearWay Minnesota is seeking an Executive Assistant. This position is responsible for providing administrative support to and managing the activities of the Chief Executive Officer. Five years of experience required.
On January 15, 2014, ClearWay Minnesota’s Research Department released a new Request for Proposals. The RFP will fund research to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and disparities in secondhand smoke exposure across defined populations and locations in Minnesota.
Letters of Intent are due February 10, 2014, and full applications are due March 26, 2014.
Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Senior Research Program Manager Megan Whittet at 952-767-1415 or here.
Bills to restrict the use and sale of e-cigarettes and to make Minnesota’s foster homes smoke-free have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. ClearWay Minnesota supports these proposals.
The effects of e-cigarettes for people who inhale them or are near the secondhand vapor are unknown. One bill would prohibit their use in all places covered by the Freedom to Breathe Act, Minnesota’s smoke-free law. Another would require the devices to be sold behind the counter and would penalize retailers who sold them to minors.
A poll funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in February found that Minnesotans strongly support including e-cigarettes in policies that restrict smoking in public places. Seventy-nine percent said they support prohibiting e-cigarette use in places where smoking is already banned. The poll also found that 98 percent of Minnesotans support prohibiting e-cigarette sales to minors, and 87 percent feel e-cigarettes should be kept behind the counter in stores.
A third bill is aimed at making all foster-care homes in Minnesota smoke-free. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of secondhand smoke, which is known to cause asthma attacks, ear infections and other health problems among kids.
This year was one of great progress, and Minnesotans can be proud of the work being done in our state to combat the influence of tobacco companies and to improve health. The passage of a new cigarette tax means thousands of Minnesota kids will never smoke, and many lives will be saved. This change, together with the other achievements you’ll find in our 2013 Annual Report, is reinforcing Minnesota’s place as a national leader in health.