Mail Items and Giveaways

American Spirit sent out birthday gifts to their mail subscribers this year. Packaged along with a birthday card was a grow-your-own basil kit, complete with planting and watering instructions. This spring, General Snus promoted the Appalachian Trail. They sent out a 10-page “trail guide” that described several highlights along the trail including Clingman’s Dome in… Continue reading Mail Items and Giveaways

Hassle-Free? E-Cigarettes and Auto-Ship

Many large companies, including Amazon and Target, now offer auto-ship programs, where consumers can set a pre-determined schedule to have their day-to-day necessities delivered to them at regular intervals. This convenience means consumers no longer have to worry about running out of groceries, toilet paper, or even dog toys. The tobacco industry has also taken… Continue reading Hassle-Free? E-Cigarettes and Auto-Ship

Minnesota Legislative and Local Policy Update

State Updates 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… Continue reading Minnesota Legislative and Local Policy Update

E-cigarette brand blu hosts Super Bowl party

The electronic cigarette brand blu was one of the sponsors of a  Maxim Super Bowl party in Minneapolis in January. The brand planned to use the event to promote its new line of electronic cigarettes called “myblu.” A call for models went out on Facebook. The post offered to pay $350 to “…attractive, fit ladies… Continue reading E-cigarette brand blu hosts Super Bowl party

Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey indicates increase in youth tobacco use for first time in 17 years

The first Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey (MYTS) was conducted in 2000, and additional rounds of data were collected every two to three years after. The most recent MYTS revealed an increase in youth tobacco use for the first time since the survey began. In 2017, 26.4% percent of high school students reported use of any… Continue reading Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey indicates increase in youth tobacco use for first time in 17 years

JUUL electronic cigarette brand popular with youth, dominates market, easy to conceal

There is a lot of buzz about the JUUL, an electronic cigarette that is popular with young people. The JUUL is manufactured by JUUL Labs, a company that spun off from Silicon Valley company Pax Labs in 2017. With 55% percent market share, JUUL is now the most popular electronic cigarette on the market. The… Continue reading JUUL electronic cigarette brand popular with youth, dominates market, easy to conceal