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The Problem

The tobacco industry spends $9.1 billion ($25 million each day) marketing its products, while Minnesotans spend $4.7 billion on smoking-related healthcare costs each year.¹

Commercial tobacco use creates health inequities which have a lasting and detrimental impact on communities of color and other minority communities.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been no 12-month period in which the coronavirus killed more people than commercial tobacco has killed.²

The tobacco industry has a long history of targeting youth, Native Americans, African Americans, Latinx Americans, Asian Americans, women and the LGBTQ+ community with predatory marketing.

Cigarette butts are the number one source of litter, and toxic e-cigarette waste is increasing dramatically.³

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