One of the fastest growing trends in reducing the youth tobacco usage rates is centered around lifting the sales age for tobacco to 21. While Minnesota as a state has not taken a full look at this, local municipalities are taking it on themselves to protect youth. The Bloomington City Council did its part with […]

The Saint Paul City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents on Nov. 1 by restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products to adult-only tobacco and liquor stores. The council passed the ordinance 6-1. Councilmember Jane Prince authored the ordinance, which is designed to reduce youth smoking and combat […]

Minneapolis – The Minneapolis City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents on Aug. 4 by restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products to adult-only tobacco and liquor stores. The council passed the ordinance 10-2. Council Members Cam Gordon and Lisa Bender co-authored the ordinance, which is designed to […]

The Saint Louis Park City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its youth on July 17. The City Council voted 5-0 on the consent agenda to raise the sale age for all tobacco products to 21. “It’s well-documented that people are more likely to develop a smoking habit if they […]

Edina, Minn. – The Edina City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its youth on May 2. The City Council voted unanimously to raise the sale age for all tobacco products to 21. “For me, it’s a fairly straightforward situation,” Mayor James Hovland said. “The long-term benefits to public health […]

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of residents and visitors to Minneapolis parks on March 8. The Board voted unanimously to make all Minneapolis parks tobacco-free, with an exemption for use of tobacco with traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremonies. “We are excited to […]

The Shoreview City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents on Nov. 21, 2016. The City Council voted unanimously to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to one adult-only tobacco store. “Shoreview is showing leadership, as it has over the years,” Mayor Sandy Martin said in the meeting. […]

ANSR has been working with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Macalester College for several years on their tobacco-free campus policies. With support from ANSR, the U went tobacco-free in 2014 and Macalester followed shortly thereafter in 2015. Since the policies’ enactment, ANSR staff has continued to work with the schools to make sure students, […]

This is the second of two stories on youth partners written in collaboration with Dr. Lucia Pawlowski’s Community Writing for Social Justice Class at the University of St. Thomas. By Claire Rossez, Special to ANSR Flavored tobacco is a personal topic for William: His younger sister once told him she wanted to try some but […]

A lot of effort went into the video “Beautiful Lie, Ugly Truth,” which was based on a poem written by Joe Davis. Here’s a look at the advocates doing their part.