YOUTH TOBACCO PREVENTION
Reducing youth access to tobacco
The Minneapolis Youth Congress Tobacco Initiative announced four recommendations to prevent the next generation of tobacco users. Click on this link to learn about their process and their findings. Check out the this page and the Tobacco-Free Living page to learn more about the Department's efforts.
While cigarette smoking has declined in the last decade, efforts to prevent youth tobacco use are being undermined by cheap, sweet cigars, which are sold individually or in packages of 2-5 cigars, costing as little as $.33 each.
- Minneapolis 12th grade boys’ use of cigars, cigarillos or little cigars now exceeds their cigarette use.
- High school students and young adults smoke cigars at twice the rate of all adults.
Many adults and youth are unaware that these tobacco products are as addictive and unhealthy as cigarettes. Flavored shisha (smoked in hookah pipes) and e-cigarettes are also gaining popularity.
To protect youth from a lifelong addiction to tobacco, the Minneapolis Health Department and community partners are mobilizing our youth to increase awareness among community leaders, parents and business leaders about these dangerous products and keep them away from kids.
The Minneapolis Health Department and the following organizations have joined forces to increase awareness about youth tobacco and strategies for reducing it:
• Ka Joog
• Indigenous People’s Task Force
• Southside Community Coalition
• We Win Institute
• Minneapolis Youth Congress
During the summer of 2014, these community partners will engage youth, parents and other community stakeholders around tobacco prevention, sharing the latest trends in youth tobacco use and strategies for preventing use. They will also visit tobacco retailers (convenience stores, gas stations, etc.) to urge them to protect young people by understanding and complying with tobacco retail laws.
For more information, please contact:
- Fast Facts
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Last updated Jul 11, 2014