2017 Policy Victories

Last year was an exciting year the Physician Advocacy Network and tobacco policies in Minnesota! In May, Edina became the first city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 years old followed by Bloomington, Plymouth and St. Louis Park. St. Cloud also passed a resolution recommending that the state legislature pass a Tobacco 21 policy, and Robbinsdale passed a resolution to consider Tobacco 21 sometime in 2018. 

Minneapolis and St. Paul both passed ground-breaking policies that restrict menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco stores.St. Louis Park prohibited the sale of candy, sweet, and fruity flavored tobacco products in stores. Robbinsdale also restricted the sale of flavored tobacco to tobacco stores and set a minimum price for cigars. These are just some of the important policies that passed throughout the state!

Physicians, students and other health care providers played a critical role in passing these policies. The Physician Advocacy Network deeply appreciates your support, and looks forward to continuing to reduce the harm of tobacco on our state in 2018.