Tobacco Facts

Learn About the Industry to Better Understand the Dangers

The dangers of tobacco use are widely known throughout the U.S. and yet still tobacco usage remains strong in the country, especially in younger populations. We believe part of this problem lies with the current conversation regarding tobacco. The health concerns have been discussed at length, but people rarely talk about the industry surrounding this product and toll it can take on your health, finances, community, and family.

You and your family deserve the opportunity to make informed decisions about tobacco usage, which is why we have created the following pages discussing lesser-known facts about tobacco:

Tobacco Use in Minnesota

Adult Tobacco Use

Tobacco cessation programming and tobacco prevention programming throughout the state is vital to reducing tobacco use.

Adult Tobacco Use in MN:

  • Adults in Minnesota who smoke: 14.4% (643,200)
  • Adult smoking rate (Nationally): 15.1%

Minnesota’s smoking rate has fallen to 14.4%, a 35% reduction in smoking since 1999 and the lowest smoking rate ever recorded in the state.

Youth Tobacco Use

Nearly 95% of addicted smokers start by the time they turn 21. Young people are aggressively targeted by Big Tobacco to become addicted. The tobacco industry targets young people with fruit, candy, and menthol flavoring, plus advertising, product design, and packaging, and event sponsorship and promotions.

  • Minnesota high school students who smoke: 10.6% (30,100)
  • Minnesota high school students who use e-cigarettes: 12.9%
  • Minnesota kids (<18) who become new daily smokers each year: 2,500

Youth Tobacco Fast Facts

  • 77,000 Kids in MN are current tobacco users
  • 50% of MN teen smokers have tried to quit
  • 80% of teen smokers become adult smokers despite intending to quit after a few years
  • Ultimately, 118,000 of today’s Minnesota kids will die from smoking
  • Flavored tobacco products mask the harshness of tobacco making it easier to start using
  • Youth are more likely to use tobacco products if they are flavored and if youth are frequently exposed to tobacco ads, including in stores.
  • The adolescent brain is negatively impacted by nicotine, and its long-term effects are a significant public health concern.