Tobacco Use in MN

Tobacco is still a problem all across the state and here in Central Minnesota.

14.4% of Minnesotan adults smoke cigarettes, 3.6% of Minnesotan adults use smokeless tobacco or chew – and 2.9% smoke cigars. That’s 625,000 Minnesota adults who smoke.

Here is adult smoking rate break out for Central Minnesota – residents all but one of our counties smoke at rates above the state average:

  • Stearns Co. – 14%
  • Benton Co. – 15%
  • Todd Co. – 15%
  • Crow Wing – 17%
  • Morrison – 21%
  • Sherburne – 24%

Tobacco use costs us a lot. These staggering facts below show the dramatic impact of smoking on Minnesotans.

Emotional Costs

  • Whether it’s family, friends, coworkers or neighbors, tobacco use leads to over 6,300 deaths in Minnesota a year.
  • In Minnesota, 580,000 people continue to smoke.
  • Children of smokers are almost twice as likely to smoke as children of nonsmokers.

Health Costs

  • Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.
  • Smoking accounts for an estimated 443,000 deaths each year in the U.S. – that’s nearly one of every five deaths.
  • 6,300 MN adults die each year from smoking related illnesses.
  • Smoking kills more people than alcohol, homicides, car crashes, AIDS, illegal drugs, and suicide combined.

Economic Costs

  • Annually, smoking costs Minnesota $3.19 billion in health care costs.
  • The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota is $8.26 (link)
  • Smoking-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack sold in the U.S. (this is a low estimate): $19.16 per pack (link)


The Minnesota Simsmoke Model


50 Years of Tobacco Control In MN