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Minnesota’s Investment in Applied Tobacco Control Research

Wednesday, November 7, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
ClearWay MinnesotaSMis pleased to share the release of our latest supplement for theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicinetitled "Minnesota’s Investment in Applied Tobacco Control Research: Findings to Inform Practice and Policy.” Featured in this issue are eight original articles from ClearWay Minnesota-funded Research grantees and five research articles co-authored by ClearWay Minnesota staff on topics ranging from the impact of indoor-air policies, smoking and cessation among priority populations and tobacco product regulation. Also included is a review article by Drs. David Ashley and Cathy Backinger from the Food and Drug Administration and a commentary by Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health.

One article that might be of particular interest to this distribution list is The Role of Public Policies in Reducing Smoking: The Minnesota SimSmoke Tobacco Policy Model. The model considered data on current, new and formers smokers in Minnesota from 1993 to 2011 to determine the effectiveness of tobacco control policies and programs on smoking rates. The results illustrate that a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention, including tobacco taxes, smoke-free air laws, mass media campaigns, youth access laws and cessation treatment, have reduced smoking rates by 29 percent in Minnesota with tobacco taxes contributing the most to the decline. The model goes on to predict that if Minnesota increased the tax on tobacco products and continued aggressive mass media campaigns, the state could prevent 55,000 smoking-related deaths over the next thirty years. Dr. David Levy of Georgetown University pioneered the SimSmoke model over a decade ago has worked with various states and countries around the world. Dr. Raymond Boyle of ClearWay Minnesota conducted the SimSmoke research with Dr. Levy and Dr. Abrams. In addition to the article, be sure to check out the Fact Sheet and the News Release.

You can access copies of all the articles by visiting the ClearWay Minnesota website. As a learning organization, research is the foundation of ClearWay Minnesota’s programs and services. Since 2000, ClearWay Minnesota has awarded more than $19 million in grants to Minnesota researchers. The impact of our research funding has been felt well beyond Minnesota’s borders and has significantly contributed to the science base in the field of tobacco control. We are proud to highlight some of our grantees’ most recent work and findings from recent ClearWay Minnesota-funded research. We hope you find the information helpful as you continue to address tobacco-related issues. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Whittet, Senior Research Program Manager, at 952-767-1415 or

All articles are available at{9DA7A798-C552-47DF-B331-0D4C6B8E9049}

Supplement article titles include:

Foreword: Minnesota's Investment in Tobacco Control: Research Findings to Inform Practice and Policy (Boyle et al.)
Minnesota's Comprehensive Statewide Smoke-Free Law: Short-Term Effects on Young Adults (Bernat et al.)
Experience of Smokers and Recent Quitters With Smoke-Free Regulations and Quitting (Betzner et al.)
Minnesota's Smoke-Free Policies: Impact on Cessation Program Participants (Schillo et al.)
The Role of Public Policies in Reducing Smoking: The Minnesota SimSmoke Tobacco Policy Model (Levy et al.)
Secondhand Smoke and Smoke-Free Policies in Owner-Occupied Multi-Unit Housing (Hewett et al.)
Smoke-Free Home Rules Adoption by Smokers and Nonsmokers: Minnesota, 1999-2010 (St. Claire et al.)
Cigarettes and the Somali Diaspora: Tobacco Use Among Somali Adults in Minnesota (Giuliani et al.)
Addressing Smoking During Medical Visits: Patients and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Horvath et al.)
Circles of Tobacco Wisdom: Learning About Traditional and Commercial Tobacco With Native Elders (Nadeau et al.)
College Student Smokers: Former Versus Current and Nonsmokers (Berg et al.)
Influencing Taft-Hartley Funds to Provide Tobacco Cessation Benefits (Weisman et al.)
Cessation Outcomes Among Treatment-Seeking Menthol and Non-Menthol Smokers (D'Silva et al.)
Federal Approaches to the Regulation of Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products (Freiberg et al.)
The Food and Drug Administration's Regulation of Tobacco: The Center for Tobacco Products' Office of Science (Ashley and Backinger)
Commentary: Realizing the Vision for Tobacco Control (Koh)

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