Crow Wing Energized Forming Tobacco Coalition
Crow Wing Energized, based in Brainerd, announced Monday that it is forming a coalition on tobacco use.
Those interested in learning more about the tobacco coalition are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, January 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Thabes 1 Conference Room.
According to a release, the tobacco industry spends $110.5 million each year promoting tobacco products in Minnesota. That amounts to around $12,614 every hour.
The most recent Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found that nearly 1 in 4 (23.3%) of people use tobacco, an increase from 17.6% in the 2014 survey.
The Minnesota Department of Health, Crow Wing County, Crow Wing Energized, and partners support community-driven solutions to create tobacco-free environments and promote quitting.
Communities are working to:
- Reduce tobacco industry influence in retail stores
- Increase the price of tobacco
- Provide support and resources to Minnesota smokers who want to quit
- Raise the minimum tobacco sales age to 12
- Promote smoke-free environments
- Engage diverse populations throughout Minnesota