Higher tobacco prices = fewer kids smoking
Minnesotans agree: We can do more to prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco products. Higher tobacco prices stop kids from smoking, encourage adults to quit and save the state money. Smoking declined significantly after a 2013 tax increase, and youth and young adult smoking fell dramatically. In fact, since 1993, 66 percent of all smoking declines are attributable to tobacco price increases.
But no major tobacco price increase has been implemented in Minnesota since 2013 – and since that time our state’s smoking rate has stalled out at 14 percent. Learn more about this issue here.