Advocacy

Tobacco Prevention in Central Minnesota

The dangers of tobacco are widely known, but that does not mean tobacco prevention advocacy can slow down. The tobacco industry has incredible resources to protect their business and put tobacco in the hands of young people. While strict regulations have forbidden tobacco from advertising like they used to, their lobbyists have found more subtle ways of introducing tobacco to new customers.

Edina, Minnesota recently made a landmark decision in the effort to improve health and wellness by becoming the first city in the state to push the age limit for buying tobacco products to 21. Many cities are now making motions to follow suit. Feeling Good MN has many initiatives to keep tobacco prevention advocacy strong:

Using tobacco is a personal choice, but one that should only be made when someone is old enough to know of and understand the consequences. We’re fighting to make sure everyone in Central Minnesota has that chance.

Connect with us today and learn how you can get involved in updating our local tobacco ordinances to help reduce tobacco’s harm in our communities.

Local point-of-sale strategies enhance state tobacco control efforts in the following ways:

  • Decrease tobacco use and impulse purchases of harmful products
  • Reduce tobacco-related health disparities
  • Counter the amount of dollars being spent on marketing by the tobacco industry
  • Increase community awareness of tobacco industries practices
  • Communicate health information
  • Improve compliance with tobacco control strategies

Changing the Factors That Influence Tobacco Use for Young People

Age

Increasing the age to Cities in Minnesota with Tobacco 21 ordinances: Increasing the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 is a policy initiative which has taken off across the country. Five states and over 280 communities have raised the legal tobacco purchase age. Tobacco 21 (T21) is supported by many, including current and past tobacco users.

Cities in Minnesota with Tobacco 21 ordinances:

  • Bloomington
  • Edina
  • Falcon Heights
  • Minneapolis
  • North Mankato
  • Plymouth
  • Richfield
  • Roseville
  • Shoreview
  • St. Louis Park
  • St. Peter