Tobacco use in Minnesota is a big problem. Currently 16% of the state’s population (625,000) still smoke, and this year 77,000 kids will use tobacco. Smoking costs Minnesota $3 billion in excess health care costs annually.
Horizon Public Health’s 4 priority issues are:
- Educate the community about the health effects of smoking, secondhand smoke, smokeless tobacco and electronic delivery devices.
- Prevent the sale of all tobacco products to youth.
- Increase the number of smoke-free public places, worksites, schools and multi-unit housing.
- Provide linkage to cessation resources.
Starting July 1, 2017 Horizon Public Health received a grant from Clearway Minnesota to work to reduce the sale to youth and increase the tobacco purchase age to be 21. If you would like to learn more and get involved, please contact Amy at 320-762-3079, firstname.lastname@example.org.