Today the Minnesota Department of Health released findings from the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey, the most comprehensive study on youth tobacco use in our state. The study found a significant decrease in youth smoking in Minnesota, which fell to 10.6 percent from 18.1 percent in 2011. This is the steepest decline in youth smoking ever recorded in the state.
The study findings also raised concerns around e-cigarette use, with 12.9 percent of students reporting they have used or tried an e-cigarette within the past 30 days.
“I have a sense of déjà vu about e-cigarettes,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger. “We need to take a hard look at what actions we can take at local and state levels to stop this trend.”
The Raise it for Health coalition, a group of leading Minnesota health organizations, released a statement highlighting the importance of cigarette taxes in reducing youth smoking.
“These results reinforce what we know: increasing the tax on tobacco products was a victory for the health of Minnesota’s kids,” said Janelle Waldock, a Raise it for Health co-chair and Director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
More information on the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey can be found here.