FDA Moves to End the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

Removing menthol cigarettes from the marketplace will improve health disparities; local action and statewide funding still crucial Saint Paul – The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR), the state’s oldest nonprofit dedicated solely to tobacco control, applauds the Biden Administration’s decision to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. While the decision is long overdue, […]

Bloomington prohibits all flavored tobacco sales

Bloomington, Minn. – Always a state-wide leader in protecting youth and residents from the harms of tobacco, Bloomington City Council voted 4-2 on April 26 to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol. The ordinance also provides for the official sunsetting, or end, of all tobacco licenses in the city through attrition, […]

Youth advocate testifies on Zoom call with Roseville council members.

Roseville restricts sale of all flavored tobacco products

  The Roseville City Council took a big step in protecting youth and vulnerable populations from the targeting of the tobacco industry on Feb. 8. The City Council voted unanimously to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, to adult-only tobacco stores and capped the number of those stores to the city’s […]

Fridley, New Hope restrict sale of flavored tobacco products

Two cities took steps to protect the health of youth and all residents from the harms of tobacco. The Fridley City Council voted 4-1 in September to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, to adult-only tobacco stores. Menthol-, candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products are attractive to youth, and the tobacco industry […]

Edina prohibits sale of all flavored tobacco products

Minnesota’s leader in the Tobacco 21 Movement took further steps to protect youth and vulnerable populations from the targeting of the tobacco industry. The City Council voted unanimously on June 16 to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol. Menthol-, candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products are attractive to youth, and the tobacco […]

Saint Paul 53rd community to pass Tobacco 21

Saint Paul – A longtime leader in protecting youth from the harms of tobacco, Saint Paul now is one of just 10 cities in Minnesota that restricts all flavored tobacco and will raise the tobacco sales age to 21. The Saint Paul City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 16 in favor of Tobacco 21, making […]

Golden Valley passes T21, restricts all flavors

With the youth of Minnesota in the midst of a vaping epidemic and severe lung damage a hot topic across the country, the Golden Valley City Council let the tobacco industry know where it stands in the fight to protect youth from the harms of tobacco. The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 15 on a […]

Saint Anthony Village 47th T21 community

Saint Anthony Village, Minn. – Communities in Minnesota continue to work to protect youth from the harms of tobacco, and particularly vaping, by raising the tobacco sales age to 21. Saint Anthony Village took this step on Oct. 8 as the City Council voted unanimously in favor of Tobacco 21, making it the 47th community […]

Funding opportunity

Youth Vaping Prevention The Association for Nonsmokers-MN (ANSR) is seeking applicants for a funding opportunity to work on tobacco prevention, including vaping, and advocacy. Youth groups are wanted to partner with us to train youth to become leaders and advocates in prevention. Training: ANSR will provide training and materials free of charge to youth groups […]

Minneapolis sets spacing requirements

Minneapolis city leaders recently took an important step to strengthen the city’s existing restriction on the sale of flavored tobacco. All new tobacco shops in Minneapolis now must be at least 2,000 feet from one another. This means that there are fewer places in the city where it would be possible for a new tobacco […]