Saint Paul restricts sale of menthol tobacco products

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 restricts sale of menthol tobacco

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 […]

Saint Louis Park becomes second MN city to raise tobacco sales age to 21

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 first city in Minnesota to raise sale age for tobacco to 21

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 […]

Minneapolis Parks go 100% tobacco-free

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 […]

Shoreview votes to restrict flavored tobacco

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. […]

Making strides on college campuses

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, […]

Youth and the fight against the tobacco industry, Part 2

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 […]

Behind the Scenes: The making of Beautiful Lie, Ugly Truth

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.

Youth and the fight against the tobacco industry

Youth advocate Starnisha McClellan has long been active with Breathe Free North and NorthPoint Health & Wellness. She has testified against flavored tobacco products in Minneapolis. Here, she works on a video about menthol tobacco. This is the first of two stories on youth partners written in collaboration with Dr. Lucia Pawlowski’s Community Writing for […]