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YOUTH TOBACCO PREVENTION

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Reducing youth access to tobacco

 

 

 

 

NEWS!
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.

Project Description

Community Partnerships

Current Activities

Get Involved

Resources

 

 

Project Description

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. 

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.

Community Partnerships

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
 

Current Activities

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.

Get Involved

For more information, please contact:

Lara Pratt
P: 612.673.3815
E: lara.pratt@minneapolismn.gov
 

Resources

 

Last updated Jul 11, 2014