Ramsey Tobacco Coalition



New Fact Sheets

The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition has released new fact sheets on electronic cigarettes and little cigars. Follow the links below for PDF versions.

Electronic Cigarettes

Little Cigars


City of St. Paul Window Sign Ordinance

The City of Saint Paul adopted an ordinance that regulates the amount of window that can be covered with temporary signs.  The general rule is that the cashier must be visible and not be hidden by temporary window signs and the area between 4' and 7' can only have 30% of the area covered.  Lighted signs on the inside of the window facing out now are regulated in the same way as similar signs on the outside of the building. For further detail click on the links below:


Ramsey Tobacco Coalition Tobacco Advertising Data Now Available!

In the summer of 2007, RTC data collectors visited each of the over 600 tobacco vendors in Ramsey County, West St. Paul, and South St. Paul.  The resulting dataset helped RTC, along with Dr. Rachel Widome, secure a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Substance Abuse Policy Research Program.  This grant allowed for analysis of the advertising data as well as GIS "mapping" of tobacco advertising and how this advertising relates to neighborhood characteristics such as race and income-level.

Click here to see a map of tobacco advertising and how it relates to African American (AA) population.  In this map, each census block group is assigned a color depicting percentage of AA population (darker color=higher AA population) and a red dot to depict amount of tobacco advertising (the bigger the dot, the more ads).  There was a statistically significant relationship between AA population and tobacco ads (p<0.05).  In other words, there were statistically MORE tobacco ads in AA neighborhoods.

Click here to see a map of tobacco advertising and how it relates to income.  In this map, each census block group is assigned a color depicting median household income (darker color=higher income) and a red dot to depict amount of tobacco advertising (the bigger the dot, the more ads).

Click here to see a map of tobacco advertising and how it relates to poverty.  In this map, each census block group with more than 20% of the population living in poverty is shaded.  Each census block group is also assigned a red dot to depict amount of tobacco advertising (the bigger the dot, the more ads).

These maps clearly show how tobacco ads are clustered in poor, African American neighborhoods.



Tobacco-Free Funding Policies: The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition Releases a New "How-To" Guide for Adopting a Policy

Tobacco-Free Funding policies are an important way for organizations to protect their image and take a stand against the tobacco industry.  The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition has a developed a guide for working with nonprofit organizations as they think about and plan for adopting a policy. 

Click here to see part one of the guide, which is all about planning for a tobacco-free policy.

Click here to see part two of the guide, which will help you make a case for a tobacco-free policy with a nonprofit organization.

Click here for part three of the guide, which will provide you with many supporting documents such as a sample tobacco-free policy.


Tobacco 101 Lesson Plan Book


Teens make their case for St. Paul to ban candy cigarettes
Source: Pioneer Press
Date: April 2, 2009


Tobacco Advertising Assessment Preliminary Findings

Research Background:
Point-of-sale tobacco advertising data were collected in the summer and fall of 2007 by the Association for Nonsmokers—Minnesota (ANSR) staff as part of the Ramsey Tobacco Coalition (RTC) project funded by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The point-of-sale advertising and promotion environment was assessed in a census of all of the licensed tobacco vendors in Ramsey County, Minnesota (MN) and in the cities of South St. Paul, MN and West St. Paul, MN by trained data collectors.

View the preliminary findings (PDF)


Adopt a Tobacco-Free Funding Policy


About the Coalition: The Ramsey Tobacco Coalition (RTC) has been working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco in Ramsey County since 1997. RTC has been a leader in reducing youth access to tobacco, enforcing tobacco-free school ground poilcies, adopting tobacco-free park policies, adopting tobacco-free policies for youth clubs and youth-serving agencies, and adopting smoke-free workplace laws in Ramsey County and St. Paul.

RTC is comprised of 23 active partner organizations and is currently working to reduce youth exposure to tobacco influences. This project has conduced the first of its kind assessment and intervention of tobacco industry influences in Ramsey County and two neighboring cities in Dakota County (South St. Paul and West St. Paul).

The focus of the project is to reduce the tobacco marketing and advertising practices by:

  • Identifying the level and types of tobacco influences in our area
  • Comparing the influences in inner city neighborhoods with those in suburban communities, and low income neighborhoods with middle and upper income neighborhoods within the city
  • Identifying any ways in which these industry influences may violate the legal restrictions created by local, state, and national laws, and legal settlements.

RTC is assessing and advocating for change in the following areas:

  • Point-of-sale advertising (in-store signs, promotions, outdoor signs, branded store fixtures and paraphernalia, etc.)
  • Promotional and sales practices designed to target youth (self-service displays, power walls, loosies, candy flavored tobacco, placement at children's eye level, etc.)
  • Acceptance of tobacco industry donations and sponsorships within distinct ethnic and socio-economic communities in the targeted region.

We believe the tobacco industry uses all of these tactics to normalize tobacco use and influence youth by shaping the environment in which they live, and that these influences are specifically tailored to reach low SES, Latino/Hispanic, African American, Asian, and Caucasian youth.

The project is using our research findings to advocate for changes in industry behavior, enforcement of legal restrictions and, where possible and appropriate, policy change to reduce tobacco industry influences.



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