Tobacco free living

We work to reduce tobacco use and the toll of tobacco-caused disease and death by preventing youth from starting, helping adults and youth to quit, and preventing exposure to second hand smoke.

Promoting smoke-free spaces and implementing strategies to prevent youth tobacco use

 Current projects

  • Smoke-free Rental Housing Campaign
    • Working with apartment building and condos that are interested in implementing smoke free policies.
    • Supporting MPHA with their smoke free policy (implemented August 2018 in all public housing).
  • Youth Vaping Prevention 
    • Education and engagement for vaping prevention and intervention by partnering with schools/parents and community organizations.


  • In August 2018, menthol tobacco is only available for sale in Minneapolis at tobacco products shops and off-sale liquor stores. The City Council voted to restrict sales of all flavored tobacco products including menthol, mint and wintergreen to tobacco product shops and off-sale liquor stores.
  •  In October 2018, Minneapolis joined more than 340 cities nationwide in raising the tobacco sales age to 21
    • Minneapolis raised the age from 18 to help protect younger generations from lifelong nicotine addiction, tobacco-related illnesses, and the tobacco-related health disparities between white populations and people of color.
  • Flavor and Price Tobacco Sales Ordinance
    • In 2015 the Minneapolis City Council restricted the sale of flavored tobacco to tobacco only shops, menthol flavor was exempted and sat a minimum price of $2.60 per cigar up to a 4 pack of cigars.
  • Preventing youth tobacco use
    • The Minneapolis Health Department partnered with We Win Institute and the Minneapolis Youth Congress to raise awareness about the problem of youth tobacco use amongst parents, youth and community members.

Contact us

Healthy Living

Health Department




Public Service Building
505 S Fourth Ave, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday