Funding for tobacco prevention efforts will reduce tobacco use, prevent more young people from becoming addicted and save lives.


  • More than 6,000 Minnesotans die each year from tobacco use.1
  • Smoking costs Minnesota more than $3 billion in excess health care costs each year.1

Research and experience show that cessation services, educational media campaigns and passing policies reduces tobacco use and saves lives. States that have made larger investments in reducing tobacco’s harm sell fewer cigarettes, and have seen faster declines in smoking rates.2 Funding efforts to reduce tobacco use helps counter the more than $100 million the tobacco industry spends in Minnesota every year to keep its customers and attract replacement smokers.3

Over the years, Minnesota’s comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention has made significant progress by reducing smoking rates by historic lows: 14 percent for adults4 and 11 percent for high-school students.5 Policy changes including a tobacco tax increase in 2013 directly influenced these drops.

Despite these successes, funding sources for tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Minnesota are declining. Minnesota collected $815 million from ongoing tobacco taxes and settlement payments in 2016, none of which is dedicated to tobacco prevention.6

Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation supports increasing public funding for tobacco control efforts as a proven way to reduce tobacco use, especially among populations targeted by the tobacco industry, including youth and diverse communities.

For more information, view our fact sheet.


1 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Health Care Costs and Smoking in Minnesota. January 2017.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs – 2014. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2014

3 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, et al. Broken Promises to our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 18 Years Later 

4 ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey: Tobacco Use in Minnesota: 2014 Update. Feb 2015.

5 Minnesota Department of Health, 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey. 2014.

6 Minnesota Management and Budget, Consolidated Fund Statement, Budgetary Basis, 2016 November Forecast, December 22, 2016

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    Our Mission

    Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation is a coalition of Minnesota organizations that share a common goal of saving Minnesota youth from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco. Each year in Minnesota tobacco use is responsible for more than 6,300 deaths and more than $3 billion in preventable health care costs and 95 percent of adult smokers started before the age of 21. The coalition supports policies that reduce youth smoking, including keeping tobacco prices high, raising the tobacco sale age to 21, limiting access to candy-, fruit- and menthol-flavored tobacco and funding future tobacco prevention programs.

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