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 […]

Day at the Capitol 2016

Many advocates joined ANSR at the State Capitol in Saint Paul on May 3, 2016, for the Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation “Tobacco is Still a Problem” Day. These advocates learned about top tobacco-control issues, and then met with their respective legislators to educate them on these issues. Here are some of the photos from […]

Kick Butts Day 2016

[gss ids=”2868,2871,2870,2869,2872,2873,2877,2874,2875,2876,2878,2879″]     March 16 marked yet another Kick Butts Day, and thousands of youth, teachers and health advocates in the United States spoke up against the tobacco industry. Locally, ANSR worked with two schools from ISD #622, as well as the ALMAS group at Henry Sibley High. ANSR also partnered with Minneapolis MAD […]

Advocates celebrate vote to restrict flavored tobacco in Saint Paul.

Saint Paul votes to restrict sale of flavored tobacco, raise price of cigars

The Saint Paul City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents on Jan. 6. The City Council voted unanimously to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores and increase the minimum price for single cigars to $2.60 each. All cigars sold in packages of four […]

Richfield sets minimum price for flavored cigars

Richfield sets minimum price for cigars

Richfield joined a growing list of Minnesota cities that have established a minimum price for flavored cigars. The Richfield City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 10, 2015, to set a minimum price of $2.60 per stick for non-premium cigars and set a minimum of $10.40 for packs of four or more. “I’m very pleased to […]