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ClearWay Minnesota Report: Unfiltered Minnesota (ClearWay Minnesota)

Minnesota Zoo to Become a Smoke-Free Facility (Minnesota Zoo)

Many Decisions Remain Over Tobacco Regulation (National Public Radio)

Oakdale Snuffs out Park Smoking Ban Idea (Oakdale Lake Elmo Review)

More Apartments are Snuffing out Smoking (Star Tribune)


Tobacco 101 at ANSR

Staff from Wellshare International spent the day with ANSR staff, learning about the history of the tobacco control movement in Minnesota.


ClearWay MinnesotaSM Shines a Spotlight on a Reinvented Tobacco Industry
New campaign exposes ways tobacco companies have evolved for the 21st Century



Source: ClearWay Minnesota
Date: February 10, 2010

Press Release Excerpt:

How does an industry that sells deadly, addictive products remain one of the leading consumer product industries in the world? The answer includes new products, savvy marketing and expensive public image campaigns. ClearWay Minnesota today released Unfiltered: A Revealing Look at Today’s Tobacco Industry, a campaign that shines a light on how the tobacco industry has continued to evolve and thrive, despite billion dollar settlements designed to change the way the industry did business in the last decade.



Minnesota Zoo to Become a Smoke-Free Facility

Source: Minnesota Zoo
Date: June 17, 2009


Beginning June 20, 2009, "lighting up" at the Minnesota Zoo will no longer be allowed.

Citing health concerns and the need for a cleaner environment, the Zoo will join nearly 2/3 of all zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that are either entirely smoke-free or have designated smoking areas.

“Families visiting the Minnesota Zoo are engaging in a multi-generational, nature-focused, educational and fun experience,” said Minnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke. “That experience will be enhanced by this new non-smoking policy.” ( the rest of the story)


Many Decisions Remain Over Tobacco Regulation

Source: National Public Radio
Date: June 12, 2009


It's been 45 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry made what at the time was an earth-shaking announcement — that smoking causes cancer. That began decades of debate over tobacco and what the government should do about it that this week culminated in a new milestone: Congress passed legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.

It's a bill that's been more than 10 years in the making — supported by Republicans and Democrats, President Obama and, more surprisingly, by the nation's largest tobacco company — Philip Morris. ( the rest of the story)



More Apartments are Snuffing out Smoking

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Date: May 7, 2009


Robbie Zanko hasn't smelled any of her own cigarettes since she opened her closet 28 years ago and was overpowered by the smell on her clothes.

"I couldn't stand it," she said. "I quit."

Now Zanko, 60, doesn't have to smell other people's smoke, either. Last month the apartment building where she lives, Waterstone Place in Minnetonka, adopted a nonsmoking policy that covers all 164 units, common areas and outdoor grounds.

Zanko said she's never allowed smoking in her apartment but now has an extra measure of comfort knowing she won't be exposed to other residents' secondhand smoke.

"I remember sitting out on my balcony last year and being able to smell someone smoking," she said. "Even if you can't smell it, there's toxins in the air." ( the rest of the article)

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