Tobacco Prevention and Control
Tobacco use is still the single greatest preventable cause of death and disease in Minnesota. However, our communities are working in a variety of ways to reduce tobacco’s harm.
- Eliminating tobacco-related health disparities
- Keeping youth and young adults from starting
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke
Tobacco Dependence Treatment Resources
Free quitting services are available to all Minnesotans. QUITPLAN Services offers a variety of options to help people quit:
- QUITPLAN Helpline (telephone counseling) – All ages
- Printed Quit Guide- All Ages
- Email program- Age 13 or older
- Use of quitplan.com– Intended for those aged 14 and above
- Text program- Age 18 or older
- Nicotine replacement therapy- Age 18 or older
To register online at QUITPLAN, uses must be at least 13 years old. Anyone can call 888-354-PLAN (7526) to register at anytime.
- Call the number on the back of your insurance card to see what is available
- Each health plan will have their own options, our and parents should check with their health plan
- Text QUIT to 202-804-9884
- Teens 13-18 who vape receive text message-only support
- Text QUIT to 706-222-QUIT
- Free This is Quitting App available on Apple or Android
E-cigarettes and Other Vaping Products
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid (e-juice). E-cigarettes, “vapes”, vape or hookah pens, e-pipes, and other vaping products recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth so it is critical that public health officials and the general public understand the potential risks of using them.
E- cigarettes are not safe for youth
Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain. Because the brain is still developing until about age 25, youth and young adult exposure to nicotine can lead to addiction and disrupt attention and learning. No amount of nicotine is safe for youth.
Over one in five of Minnesota high school students who has tried e-cigarettes has never tried any conventional tobacco products. Recent evidence suggests that, compared to youth who have never used them, youth who have tried e-cigarettes are twice as likely to start smoking in the future.
E-cigarettes attract kids despite the dangers
- E-cigarettes are available in fruit and candy flavors; flavored tobacco products appeal to youth.
- A majority of Minnesota high school students (57.4%) have seen ads for e-cigarettes on TV in the past 30 days.
- E-cigarettes are available for purchase online.
E-cigarette use continues to escalate among youth
Among 8th grade students, e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019 and 1 in 4 11th graders now use e-cigarettes
Most student who use e-cigarettes get them from friends
- Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
- Tobacco-Free Communities Grant Program (TFC)
- Tobacco 21
- E-cigarettes and Vaping
- School E-Cigarette Tool Kit
- American Lung Association