Edina becomes first city
in the state to raise
tobacco sales age to 21
Most adults favor making 21 the minimum age of sale for tobacco products.
Three out of 4 American adults—including 7 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor raising the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to 21, according to an article by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. While an overwhelming majority of adults favored the policy overall, favorability is slightly higher among adults who never smoked and older adults. In contrast, 11 percent of adults strongly opposed making 21 the legal age of sale, while 14 percent somewhat opposed such measures.
Have you got what it takes to beat tobacco? Then join the QuitCash Challenge and quit for the entire month of April 2017. Do it and you could be the lucky grand prize winner of $5,000!
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Michelle Runge of Grand Rapids, Minn., was one of more than 3,400 Minnesotans who entered The QuitCash Challenge, a quit and win contest sponsored by QUITPLAN® Services and ClearWay MinnesotaSM. Runge, who quit smoking and remained tobacco-free through the contest month of May 2015, was randomly selected as the contest winner. Today, ClearWay Minnesota and QUITPLAN Services celebrated Michelle’s accomplishment and presented her with the grand prize check of $5,000.
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.
A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reports 70 percent of U.S. middle and high school students who have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days have used at least one flavored tobacco product during this period, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration.Read more
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
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive, toxic chemical that triggers the brain to produce feelings of pleasure. Nicotine is harmful to the health of pregnant women and their developing babies. It can cause a woman to give birth to her baby too early, and the baby can be born weighing less than is healthy. Nicotine can even cause the baby to die before it is born.