Cessation Funding: Continued statewide cessation funding was passed. The service now known as QUITPLAN will continue to be available to Minnesota smokers through the Minnesota Department of Health after its current funding ends in 2020.
Clean Indoor Air: E-cigarettes were added to Minnesota’s clean indoor air policy. As of Aug. 1, 2019, e-cigarettes can no longer be used anywhere smoking is already prohibited. This includes most indoor public places including restaurants, bars and workplaces. This was a popular bill that passed 100-25 in the House and 53-13 in the Senate.
Tobacco 21: This bill did not pass, but it made it much further than it has in previous years. Tobacco 21 passed the Minnesota House and made it through one hearing in the Senate.
38 Minnesota communities have passed Tobacco 21 and 10 have restrictions on menthol and/or flavored products. The following cities passed policies in 2019:
|January||Duluth: T21, menthol & flavor restrictions|
|February||Beltrami County: T21|
|March||Robbinsdale: T21 & e-cigarette restrictions
Arden Hills: T21, flavor & menthol restrictions
North Oaks: T21
Isanti County: T21
|April||Albert Lea: T21
Olmsted County: T21
|May||Lilydale: T21, flavor & menthol restrictions
Little Canada: T21
|June||New Brighton: T21
Wilkin County: T21
|July||Stevens County: T21|