CDC MMWR-Decrease in Smoking Prevalence — Minnesota, 1999–2010
Friday, February 11, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
From 1999 to 2010, Minnesota implemented a series of tobacco control efforts, including a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law, cigarette tax increases, mass media campaigns, and provision of statewide cessation services. As a result Minnesota has benefited from a sustained tobacco control program and has experienced decreasing trends in adult cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Adult cigarette smoking prevalence in Minnesota decreased from 22.1% in 1999 to 16.1% in 2010, a 27.1% decline compared to modest changes in the national cigarette smoking prevalence during this time. Per capita cigarette sales in Minnesota decreased 40% during the same period. In addition, more adults reported modifying home rules to restrict smoking in 2010 compared with 1999 (87.2% versus 64.5%) and adults were less likely to report exposure to secondhand smoke (45.5% versus 67.2%). Sustained investments in comprehensive state tobacco control programs are needed to further reduce cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke and have broad benefits for society.
The online version of the report is available on the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6005a2.htm?s_cid=mm6005a2_w .
Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health