Minnesotans agree: We can do more to prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco products. As part of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, we support increasing public funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts as a proven way to reduce tobacco use.
Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Minnesota, and Big Tobacco continues to aggressively market to recruit replacement smokers. Funding programs to help people quit tobacco and prevent youth from becoming addicted saves lives. Tobacco prevention policies and other programs have reduced smoking to record lows in Minnesota, but funding sources for tobacco prevention and cessation are declining. ClearWayMinnesota will end by 2022, and our free cessation program, QUITPLAN Services, will end in early 2020. Learn more about this issue here.