Issues

Tobacco is still a problem in Minnesota.

Minnesotans agree that kids shouldn’t use tobacco products – and that more can and should be done to prevent young people from becoming addicted. 

Minnesota should take stronger steps to continue to reduce tobacco’s harm. It’s up to us to ensure a smoke-free generation in our state.

Flavoring

The tobacco industry uses menthol and candy-flavored tobacco products to attract the next generation of smokers.

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Funding

Increasing public funding for tobacco control efforts is necessary to reduce tobacco use.

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Price

Keeping tobacco prices high is the most effective way to prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco products.

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Tobacco 21

According to a 2014 report, raising the minimum age to 21 nationally would result in 240,000 fewer premature deaths and 45,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer.

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  • Outline of Minnesota

    Our Mission

    Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs and 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs.

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