ClearWay Minnesota and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota are pleased to share a case study focused on the implementation of menthol tobacco sales restrictions in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Falcon Heights. The full report is available here.
Since the implementation of ordinances restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products to adult-only stores, the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Falcon Heights have substantially reduced the number of outlets where menthol tobacco products can be sold. All but Falcon Heights experienced challenges from tobacco retailer attempts to circumvent the ordinances. In response, cities and advocates have examined the original ordinances and implementation processes to improve compliance. This work is ongoing as cities and tobacco control advocates continue to monitor implementation to ensure the ordinances achieve the goal of reducing access to menthol tobacco products in their communities. We hope this case study will provide useful insights and recommendations that may benefit advocates in other cities who hope to reduce menthol-related harms in their community.
This implementation case study follows the series of case studies released in February 2019 which focused of the passage of the policies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, found here.