Saves Lives

Higher Tobacco Prices Prevent Kids From Smoking and Save Lives  

Increasing the tobacco tax is one of the most effective ways we have to reduce tobacco use and improve the health of Minnesota. It will:

Prevent Minnesota kids from a life-long struggle with tobacco addiction

Youth are two to three times more responsive to price increases and are more likely to quit or cut back smoking in order to avoid paying more for cigarettes.

Motivate more current Minnesota smokers to quit

When Minnesota raised its tobacco tax by 75 cents in 2005, 31.1 percent of former smokers reported that they had made an attempt to quit as a result of the increase.

Save Minnesotans’ lives

A $1.50/pack increase in the tobacco tax would save 25,700 Minnesota lives.

Reduce Minnesotans’ health costs

A $1.50/pack increase in the tobacco tax would save about $1.65 billion in long-term tobacco-related health costs in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota’s 18-to-24 year-olds smoke more than any other age group.
  • A $1.50/pack increase in the tobacco tax will prevent an estimated 47,700 Minnesota kids from becoming addicted to tobacco.
  • A $1.50/pack increase in the tobacco tax will save about $1.65 billion in long-term tobacco-related health costs in Minnesota.
  • A $1.50/pack increase in the tobacco tax would save 25,700 Minnesota lives.
  • 625,000 Minnesotans still smoke.
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The Raise it for Health Coalition

The Raise it for Health Coalition is a group of Minnesota's leading health and nonprofit
organizations that share a common goal of reducing tobacco use. Raise it for Health
supported significantly raising the price of tobacco products during the 2013 Minnesota
legislative session because it is a proven way to prevent children from starting to use
tobacco and helping existing tobacco users quit.

Raise it for Health partners include: