The Raise it for Health coalition praised the results of a study released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), showing a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesota kids smoking cigarettes.

The Raise it for Health coalition praised the results of a study released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), showing a dramatic drop in the number of Minnesota kids smoking cigarettes.

 

Specifically, the smoking rate among Minnesota students grades six through 12 decreased from 18.1 percent in 2011 to 10.6 percent in 2014, the steepest decline ever recorded by this survey. The study also showed fewer Minnesota kids using other tobacco products, including cigars, cigarillos and smokeless tobacco.

 

The Minnesota Legislature raised the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products significantly in 2013. The proposal had strong support from Governor Dayton, elected officials on both sides of the aisle and a majority of Minnesotans from all corners of the state.

 

In addition to keeping more kids from smoking, the $1.60 per-pack increase will:

Help more than 36,600 addicted adults stop smoking. Prevent 25,700 Minnesotans from dying prematurely from smoking-related deaths. Save $1.65 billion in long-term health care costs. The Minnesota Department of Health has conducted the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey (MYTS) in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The survey includes questions on the use of various tobacco products, characteristics of smokers, exposure to secondhand smoke, media awareness and other topics. Public schools and classrooms across the state were selected at random and invited to participate.