New Anti-Tobacco Law in Minnesota

On August 1st a new anti-tobacco law took effect in Minnesota. The new legislation intends to protect the youth from the harmful effects of smoking tobacco products.

Anti-Tobacco Law

The new law was signed by the state Governor Tim Pawlenty. It refers to state tobacco taxes and regulations to new smokeless products which tempt young clients because they are not expensive.
The goals of the law are the following:

  • To spread out the definition of smoking products, to add on the cigs pack the products which are contain in every cigarettes
  • To prevents the sale of the smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes to kids

Tobacco smoking continues to be the main preventable cause of death in this country. Since 2000 cigarette smoking among Minnesota youth has declined, but unfortunately the percentage of students smoking cigars or little cigars or using smokeless tobacco remained unchanged. Maybe this new law will help youngsters to avoid the harmful effects of tobacco by dropping their access to the new generation of smoking products,” declared Minnesota Assistant Commissioner of Health Patricia Adams.

Adams also argued that the new legislation counterparts work being done through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for to prevent cigarettes use. SHIP was established in 2008 as part of the state’s health law.

So, inhabitants across the state use SHIP money grants for to reduce chronic diseases and reducing the number of Minnesotans who use or are exposed to tobacco smoke or who are obese.

“SHIP takes a new access toward prevention smoking by focusing on producing real changes that make it easier for inhabitants to make healthy alternatives in their every day lives,” Adams added.

It is very important to add that smoking became illegal in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, country club lounges and other establishments on October 1, 2008.

And the violations of the new law will carry fines of up to $300. Researchers concluded that secondhand smoke is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and the new anti-tobacco legislation is Welcome!

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