In partnership with the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR), three UMN undergraduate students working toward a minor degree in Leadership created and disseminated a survey about vaping trends and patterns on campus. These students promoted the survey through their own social media accounts on Instagram and Snapchat. As a convenience sample it is a snapshot that […]

SAINT PAUL (6/13/2022) – Cents-off coupons and tobacco specials are a thing of the past under Saint Paul’s recently implemented commercial tobacco ordinance. An April survey found that all of Saint Paul’s tobacco retailers are complying with that part of the ordinance which went into effect on December 11, 2021. The ordinance has multiple provisions […]

SAINT PAUL (11/4/21) – On Wednesday, November 3, the Saint Paul City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the use of coupons and price promotions for commercial tobacco and vaping products. The measure is part of a comprehensive commercial tobacco ordinance that also sets a $10 minimum price for cigarette packs and standard-size cans of smokeless […]

City is 23rd Minnesota community to restrict sales of products  Columbia Heights, Minn. (10/12/2021) – The Columbia Heights City Council took a major step on Monday night to protect the health of youth and all residents from the harms of tobacco.   The City Council voted 4-0 to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arden Hills took aim at the tobacco industry when the City Council voted unanimously to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 and ban the sale of flavored tobacco on March 25. Caitlin Young, a nursing student at Bethel University said, “I have directly seen the impacts of smoking in ways that many young people […]

More than a year ago, the community of Robbinsdale wasn’t quite ready to enact Tobacco 21, but its leaders made a commitment to take another look at it. On March 19, the City Council upheld that commitment and passed Tobacco 21 with a 4-1 vote. “At that time, we weren’t ready to move on T21, […]

By Betsy Brock Research Director Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, recently purchased a stake in JUUL, the company that manufactures the wildly popular e-cigarette with the same name. JUUL controls approximately 70 percent of the e-cigarette market. The company started in 2015 and is valued at $38 billion. JUUL’s stated mission is to “improve […]

Brooklyn Center became the latest city in Minnesota to protect its youth when the City Council unanimously voted to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on Nov. 12, 2018. The city also restricted the sale of all electronic delivery devices to adult-only tobacco stores as a way to impact the growing trend of e-cigarette […]