Tobacco Use in MN

Leading the Nation

  • For more than 50 years, Minnesota has been a national leader in tobacco control activities.
  • Minnesota SimSmoke Model joins the scientific evidence that proves tobacco policies help adults quit smoking and discourages kids from starting.

Economic Costs

  • Annually, smoking costs Minnesota nearly $3 billion in health care costs. 
  • The tobacco industry spends an estimated $157 million a year to market its products in Minnesota. 
  • The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota is $5.58 – while each pack smoked in Minnesota costs an estimated $8.85 in medical expenses and lost productivity. 

Emotional Costs

  • Whether it’s family, friends, coworkers or neighbors – maybe even the person who means the most – tobacco use leads to over 5,100 deaths in Minnesota a year. 
  • In Minnesota, 580,000 moms, dads, sons, daughters, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles continue to smoke. 
  • Children of smokers are almost twice as likely to smoke as children of nonsmokers.

Health Costs

  • Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.
  • Smoking accounts for an estimated 443,000 deaths each year in the U.S. – that’s nearly one of every five deaths. 
  • 5,100 MN adults die each year from smoking.
  • Smoking kills more people than alcohol, murders, car crashes, AIDS, illegal drugs, and suicide COMBINED.

Smoking Rates by County

  • State of MN – 14.4% Smokers
  • Stearns Co. – 14%
  • Benton Co. – 15%
  • Todd Co. – 15%
  • Crow Wing – 17%
  • Sherburne – 24%
  • Morrison – 21%