Public policies that protect people from secondhand smoke, prevent people from initiating tobacco use, make quitting more accessible and generally change the environment so that tobacco use is less acceptable have the largest impact in reducing the harm tobacco causes Minnesotans. Passing policies at the local level is key. ClearWay MinnesotaSM supports local policy work throughout the state, partnering with organizations and coalitions whenever possible to move local tobacco control initiatives.
We also fund seven local policy grantees around the state: 4 Corners Partnership, the Greater Mankato-area and northeast Minnesota chapters of the American Lung Association, the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR-MN), PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Smoke-Free Communities and the Southwest Community Health Improvement Program. These are nonprofit organizations or government agencies that work to improve health at the local level. Our funding allows them to engage in activities specifically aimed at reducing the harm tobacco causes the people of their communities. The three main areas of work for these grantees are coalition-building, policy advocacy and public education. They also work to strengthen local tobacco ordinances, and contribute to statewide policy initiatives that decrease tobacco use and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.