February 22nd, 2017 – American Lung Association advocates joined with hundreds of young leaders from across the state in St. Paul to talk tobacco with their legislators. Many of the attendee’s were youth from around the state, who were especially effective messengers on the topic of flavored tobacco products.Read more
22 counties and 30 cities have added e-cigarettes to their clean indoor air policies.
These policies cover over 1/2 of Minnesota residents.
A poll funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in February of 2014 found that Minnesotans strongly support including e-cigarettes in policies that restrict smoking in public places. Seventy-nine percent said they support prohibiting e-cigarette use in places where smoking is already banned. The poll also found that 98 percent of Minnesotans support prohibiting e-cigarette sales to minors, and 87 percent feel e-cigarettes should be kept behind the counter in stores.
On Thursday, June 18th, Elected officials and Tobacco Prevention Staff were invited to attended an informational breakfast on Menthol, hosted by Hennepin County Public Health and Breathe Free North. National speakers from the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council came to speak and share their expertise, years of research and policy experience on the topic.Read more
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman today issued a Health Advisory and the “State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat,” warning Californians of the toxicity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
In tandem with this release was the launch of the public education and media campaign, “Still Blowing Smoke”. This new campaign, often seen with the tagline “WAKE UP”, aims to debunk the myths that e-cigarettes are just harmless water vapor. Read more to see the campaign highlights and some powerful new short videos…Read more