Fewer Minnesota adults are smoking, but tobacco use is still a problem.
Data published on the MN Public Health Data Access show the proportion of adults who smoke decreased 10% since 2013. This drop is likely the result of statewide efforts to reduce tobacco use, including the 2013 tobacco tax increase, clean indoor air policies, as well as locally led work.
However, tobacco use is still a problem. Sixteen percent of Minnesota adults still smoke. That’s nearly 1 in every 6 adults. Of those adults, smoking is more common among those who didn’t graduate from high school, whose annual household income is less than $25,000, or are members of certain racial groups.
There’s good news for people who want to quit: all Minnesotans have access to free help.
People who smoke should talk to their doctor to get the help they need to quit for good. For more resources and to learn about free quitting tools like medications and counseling visit Quitting Tobacco – Free Medications and Counseling