Smoke Free News for January 2015
In this issue:
- MN Smoking Rate Falls to 14.4 Percent
- Meet Alicia Schumacher
- Starting the New Year with a Smoke-Free Home
- Meet Tracy Ackman-Shaw
MN Smoking Rate Falls to 14.4 Percent
|The Minnesota adult smoking rate is at an all-time low. ClearWay Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health recently released a new Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) - the most thorough and accurate source of information about tobacco use in Minnesota. The MATS survey found that Minnesota’s adult smoking rate has declined to the lowest recorded rate, 14.4 percent - down from 22.1 percent in 1990.|
|The 2014 MATS survey divided the state into eight regions. The smoking rate in the Southeast region (which includes Goodhue, Dodge, Rice, and Steele counties) was at 13.0 percent. The 13.0 percent rate is the second lowest regional smoking rate in the state. This was the first time the survey took data by region. It isn’t clear why some regions have lower smoking rates.|
Currently, the Four Corners Partnership has been working on updating and strengthening local tobacco ordinances. These updates are to protect youth from picking up this deadly habit.
According to the survey, young adults (18-24) no longer have the highest smoking rate, which is the first time in the 14 years this survey has been conducted. Their rates dropped from 21.8 percent to 15.3 percent. This could stem from policies that have passed in Minnesota in the last few years. These policies keep tobacco products away from kids and help smokers quit.
Meet Alicia Schumacher
Dodge County Public Health
Hello, my name is Alicia Schumacher and I have recently been hired by Dodge County Public Health as the Health Educator.
|Starting the New Year with a Smoke-Free Home|
|The residents of seven rental properties in our area can now be assured that their homes will be smoke-free. Smoke-free policies took effect on January 1, 2015.|
These smoke-free policies didn’t happen overnight. Lloyd Management Inc., a large property management company with headquarters in Mankato, asked the Four Corners Partnership for help to implement the smoke-free policies at these seven properties back in May 2014.
The owners of the properties had made the decision that they wanted their buildings to be smoke-free. Lloyd Management set an implementation date of January 1, 2015.
All of these meetings were facilitated by Tom Wolff from Goodhue County Health and Human Services. Lloyd’s on-site manager for each property also participated. Tom shared information about the many ways secondhand smoke harms the health of children and adults. He also explained how tobacco smoke causes property damage that is expensive to repair. The residents were given an opportunity to ask questions about the new policy and express any concerns they had.
Almost 90% of adult Minnesotans live in homes where smoking is not allowed anywhere.
Source: 2014 MN Adult Tobacco Survey
Share walls, not smoke!
The vast majority of Minnesotans prohibit smoking in their homes, but more than one out of five homes in Minnesota are in multi-unit buildings.
Tobacco smoke does not respect boundaries like walls or doors. It seeps through gaps and cracks and moves throughout the building. When one person in the building smokes, everyone smokes.
Meet Tracy Ackman-Shaw
Rice County Public Health
Hello, my name is Tracy Ackman-Shaw and I have been hired by Rice County Public Health as the Health Educator. With my new role, I have been given the opportunity to work with you under the Tobacco Free Communities and ClearWay Minnesota grants.
As a Health Educator, I am passionate about prevention. The policy work and prevention models are exactly what motivates me when I look at making a difference in Rice County.
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