ClearWay Minnesota(SM) Responds to Surgeon General Report Release Report reaffirms ClearWay Minnesota's advocacy for a tobacco price increase at the Minnesota Legislature

MINNEAPOLIS, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Dr. Regina Benjamin, United States Surgeon General, released a new report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults and called on the nation to make the next generation tobacco-free.

ClearWay Minnesota Statement:
The report released today by the U.S. Surgeon General concluded tobacco price increases and comprehensive prevention efforts are effective ways to reduce smoking and tobacco use. ClearWay Minnesota is an active member of Raise it for Health, a coalition of leading health and nonprofit organizations working to increase the price of all tobacco products to reduce youth smoking. A number of bills have recently been introduced at the Minnesota Legislature to increase the price of tobacco, and have support from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers.

Smoking continues to be a leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state. In fact, 5,100 Minnesotans die each year from tobacco related illnesses and smoking costs Minnesota nearly $3 billion each year in excess health care expenses. In addition, the tobacco industry spends $157 million each year in Minnesota marketing their products. The evidence in this report supports ClearWay Minnesota's mission and clearly demonstrates that tobacco use needs to remain a public health priority, especially among youth and young adults.

About ClearWay Minnesota(SM)
ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN® stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement.

For more information on QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit www.clearwaymn.org.

SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota



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