Given declining funding sources and the urgent need to combat skyrocketing youth tobacco use rates, ClearWay Minnesota, as part of Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, supports increasing public funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.
- Minnesota’s comprehensive investments in tobacco prevention and cessation have saved thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
- However, Minnesota’s progress reducing smoking is slowing, and youth tobacco use in Minnesota is rising.
- While vaping-related injuries and deaths are greatly concerning, combustible tobacco products still are the top cause of preventable death and disease.
- Funding sources for tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Minnesota are quickly declining, while Big Tobacco continues to aggressively market to recruit replacement smokers.