Increasing public funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts is a proven way to reduce tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the state.
- More than 6,300 Minnesotans die each year from tobacco use.1
- Tobacco use costs Minnesota more than $7 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity.1
Last year, Minnesota collected more than $840 million in tobacco taxes and settlement fees, and less than one percent ($5 million) was spent on tobacco prevention and cessation efforts.2
Minnesota needs to invest more of these dollars in tobacco prevention and cessation and the first step is to fund statewide cessation services, which are proven to save lives and money. Helping people quit smoking is one of the most cost-effective health services.3 For every dollar Minnesota invests in counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, $1.29 would be saved annually.4
Funded by the tobacco settlement, ClearWay MinnesotaSM provides QUITPLAN® Services in Minnesota to help people quit. ClearWay Minnesota is life limited and therefore QUITPLAN Services will end in March of 2020. The Legislature needs to act now because 580,000 Minnesota adults still smoke and need help quitting.5 All other states provide cessation services, and if the Legislature does not take action, Minnesota will soon become the only state not providing them.
For more information, view our fact sheets:
1 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Health Care Costs and Smoking in Minnesota. January 2017.
2 Minnesota Management and Budget, Consolidated Fund Statement, Budgetary Basis, 2017 November Forecast, January 11, 2018 https://mn.gov/mmb/assets/cfs-nov17fcst_tcm1059-323479.pdf
3 Fiore MC, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update – Clinical Practice Guideline, US Public Health Service, May 2008, https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/index.html.
4 Rumberger JS, Hollenbeak CS, Kline D. Potential Costs and Benefits of Smoking Cessation for Minnesota. Penn State University, April 2010.
5 ClearWay Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey: Tobacco Use in Minnesota: 2014 Update. February 2015.