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Did you know?
Find out more about why tobacco is still a problem and how you can get involved to change this.
Visit this new website from ClearWay Minnesota:
So-called little cigars come in flavors like wild cherry, sweet grape and sweet strawberry. They have a filter tip, come in packs of 20 and are the same size as a cigarette. Little cigars have a small amount of tobacco pulp mixed into their rolling paper. This gives the paper a brown color like a cigar. Little cigars are really just brown cigarettes.
Two big differences that make "little cigars" attractive to kids
- Federal law prohibits fruit flavors in cigarettes. Kid friendly fruit flavors are still allowed in cigars.
- Little cigars are cheap! A pack or 20 cigarettes can cost around $6.00. Compare this to a pack of 20 little cigars that often cost less than $2.00.
(Note: Only the federal government has the authority to regulate the use of candy or fruit flavors in tobacco products.)
The green one is candy, the brown one is tobacco, teens are likely to find both attractive
The tobacco industry is constantly innovating and reinventing its products. Dissolvable tobacco products are currently being test marketed in selected areas across the U.S. (but not in Minnesota).
No spitting, no mess, just pop one of these in your mouth and let it dissolve.
Camel's dissolvable tobacco comes in three forms. Orbs (pictured above) closely resemble a Tic Tac. Not pictured are Sticks (like a large tooth pick) and Strips (like a breathe strip). All three are made of "micro milled tobacco" with added flavor like mint.
"Our students could be using these all day and we would never know!"
This was the reaction when samples of the Camel Dissolvables were shown to a meeting of school nurses in Goodhue county. Parents who have seen samples of these new products have had similar concerns.
Help us to educate our state lawmakers about how the tobacco industry lures new customers. Share your concerns with your legislators during the Day at the Capitol on March 22, 2012.
Your voice matters!
Tobacco use by Minnesota teens decreased at a slower rate between 2008 and 2011 and more than 50 percent of high-schoolers are still exposed to secondhand smoke
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released new information on December 6, 2011 showing that after a decade of sharp declines in tobacco use among teens, progress is slowing.
In addition, more than 50 percent of high school students are still exposed to secondhand smoke, despite the passage of the Freedom to Breathe Act in 2007. Equally concerning is that the use of menthol cigarettes has more than doubled among teen smokers since 2000.
Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, noted a number of strategies that public health officials across the country have used to successfully reduce and prevent youth tobacco use, including:
- Price increases on tobacco products.
- Counter-advertising mass-media campaigns that include TV and radio commercials, posters, and other media messages to counter pro-tobacco marketing.
- Comprehensive school-based tobacco-use prevention policies and programs, such as tobacco-free campuses.
- Community interventions that reduce tobacco advertising promotions and commercial availability of tobacco products.
These findings are included in the report, Teens and Tobacco in Minnesota 2011; Results from the Minnesota Youth Tobacco and Asthma Survey.
The Evidence is Clear:
Freedom to Breathe Act is an Overwhelming Success
Take a look!
How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease
This is the title of the 2010 report from the Surgeon General of the United States. Along with the 700 page report, the Surgeon General has released a consumer booklet that sums up the key findings from the report in a short, easy to read format.
- Why is tobacco so addictive?
- How can brief exposure to tobacco smoke trigger a heart attack?
- How can tobacco smoke damage your DNA and lead to cancer?
Every American should read this booklet:
Smoking costs Minnesota $2.87 billion
A new report released by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota reveals that Minnesota paid a staggering $2.87 billion in 2007 to treat disease caused by smoking. The real tragedy is the cost in human suffering. To get the full story, read the report:
What is the Four Corners Partnership?
The Four Corners Partnership is a coalition of concerned citizens and local organizations coordinated by the Public Health Services in Dodge, Goodhue, Rice and Steele counties. The goal of the Partnership is to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in our four-county region. Funding for this work comes from a grant from ClearWay Minnesota.
What is the ClearWay Minnesota Action Center?
Sign up now for this great resource that will help to make you a more effective advocate for reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota Action Center
Minnesota's Tobacco 2013 Report Card
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The American Lung Association issues a annual report card for each state. Your continued support of Minnesota’s smoke-free law will help us to keep our one “A”! Help us support the Raise it for Health coalition in the effort to increase the tobacco tax in Minnesota. A $1.50 per pack increase in the tax on cigarettes should earn us an "A" next year.
Please take a look at our Report Card to see what else we could be doing better.
Minnesota’s 2013 Report Card (2-page report card)