Public policy work is a priority for ClearWay MinnesotaSM. Research shows that policy change has the most lasting impact on reducing tobacco’s harm, in Minnesota and across the country. Policies that protect people from secondhand smoke, make quitting help more available and change the environment so that tobacco is less accessible lower smoking rates and prevent young people from starting.
Policies at the state level have the ability to reduce tobacco’s harm for the largest possible number of Minnesotans.
Raise it for Health is a coalition of Minnesota’s leading health and nonprofit organizations who share a common goal of reducing tobacco use. Raise it for Health supports significantly raising the price of tobacco products in Minnesota because it is a proven way to prevent kids from starting tobacco and to help existing tobacco users quit. Raising tobacco prices will reduce the devastating human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota. For more information, please visit www.raiseitforhealth.org.
At ClearWay Minnesota, we support efforts to include e-cigarettes (battery-powered devices used to inhale nicotine and other chemicals) in public policies that apply to cigarettes. There is not yet a body of evidence on the effects of using or being around e-cigarettes, and allowing an unknown substance to be used in indoor public places would be a step backwards for clean air. We also know that e-cigarettes are sold in candy and fruit flavors that are proven to have appeal for youth.
We have prepared a fact sheet on e-cigarettes we hope you will find useful.
- Protect Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act. Our statewide smoke-free law protects all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke and is extremely popular with the public.
- Protect kids from “little cigars” and candy-flavored tobacco products. These products are used the same way as cigarettes, but are cheaper and appeal to kids with flavors like grape, cherry and strawberry.
- Raise the price of all tobacco products. Raising the price of tobacco is one of the most effective ways to keep kids from smoking and also helps current users to quit.