Reducing and Preventing Tobacco Use in Minnesota

The Issue

Minnesota has been a national leader in passing laws to prevent children from smoking, help adults quit, and to regulate tobacco industry practices. All of these measures have reduced cancer's impact on our state. Still, tobacco remains a major health problem.

  • Every year, tobacco use in Minnesota costs our state more than  6,000 lives and $3.19 billion in avoidable medical expenses.
  • There are 102,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Minnesota who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.
  • The tobacco industry spends more than $100 million marketing their products each year in Minnesota.

What We're Doing

 ACS CAN is working in 2019 to reduce and prevent tobacco use in Minnesota.

  1. Fund tobacco prevention programs (Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation coalition website)
  2. Raise the tobacco sale age to 21 (Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation coalition website)
  3. Restrict sales of flavored tobacco products (Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation coalition website)
  4. Keep the price of tobacco high (Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation coalition website)

Each issue enjoys strong public support. They keep kids from starting to use tobacco products and help adults quit. 

How You Can Help

Right now you can sign our petition to ask your lawmakers to support raising Minnesota's tobacco sales age to 21. We also encourage you to contact us if you'd like to get involved in our campaign. Your story matters!