Smoking is a major health risk
Smoking is the greatest cause of preventable death and disease in Minnesota. While the proportion of Minnesotans who smoke cigarettes decreased steadily between 2000 and 2010, awareness of the short- and long-term benefits of quitting is crucial for this trend to continue.
In addition to being addictive, smoking increases the risks of heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and many types of cancer. Babies born to mothers who smoke are at an increased risk of low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Environmental tobacco smoke, also called secondhand smoke, has health consequences for those who are exposed.
What is being done about smoking?
- Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (MDH) connects the public and health professionals to valuable resources related to tobacco prevention including smoking cessation, information on the effects of tobacco use, educational materials to prevent tobacco use, and guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs.
- State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System (CDC) displays state-level data on tobacco use, prevention and control including fact sheets about legislation that affects you.
- ClearWay Minnesota works to improve the health of Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use and exposure through research, action, and collaboration. Their work includes emerging policy initiatives encouraging the regulation of electronic cigarettes (PDF).
Where can I learn more about quitting?
If you smoke, there are resources available to help you quit. QUITPLAN Services is a free counseling service available to anyone living or working in Minnesota. More on QUITPLAN Services can be found at www.quitplan.com or by calling QUITPLAN Helpline at 1-888-354-PLAN (7526).
For a comprehensive list of smoking cessation resources, visit MDH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.