Keeping tobacco prices high is the most effective way to prevent kids from becoming addicted to tobacco products. 


Minnesotans agree that kids shouldn’t use tobacco products, and that it’s important to prevent them from becoming addicted. A majority also support efforts to keep the price of tobacco products high.1

Since the tobacco tax increase of 2013, Minnesota has experienced historic drops in smoking. Research shows that the price of tobacco discourages youth from starting to smoke, and encourages current smokers to quit.

  • 11 percent of youth currently smoke (down from 22 percent in 2005).2
  • 15 percent of 18-24 year olds currently smoke (down from 22 percent in 2010), and this group no longer has the highest smoking rate in Minnesota.3
  • 47,700 Minnesota kids will not become addicted to tobacco products due to the 2013 tax increase.4

In addition to saving lives, high tobacco prices have a significant impact on our state’s economy. In the long term, Minnesota will save more than $1.65 billion in health care costs, thanks to the 2013 price increase.4

Minnesotans for a Smoke Free-Generation supports keeping tobacco prices high. This approach is key in ensuring that fewer kids are set up for a lifetime of addiction.

For more information, view our fact sheet.


1 Ragsdale, Jim. “Minnesota Poll shows support for DFL tax hikes.” Star Tribune Minneapolis June 18, 2013.

2 Minnesota Department of Health. Teens and Tobacco in Minnesota, 2014 Update: Executive Summary. 2014.

3 ClearWay MinnesotaSM, Minnesota Department of Health. Tobacco Use in Minnesota: 2014 Update. January 2015.

4 Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. New Revenues, Public Health Benefits & Cost Savings From a $1.50 Cigarette Tax Increase in Minnesota. Jan 2013.

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    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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