Commercial Tobacco Free Living


Living tobacco free is one of the most impactful choices you can make to improve your health, live longer and protect those around you! It also means minimizing your exposure to secondhand smoke where you live, work and play.

Healthy Northland partners with the American Lung Association in Minnesota to improve lives by promoting lung health in our region with policy change work and programs.

How ALA supports Healthy Northland

  • Policies that impact the retail sale environment and reduce access and use of tobacco products by youth and adults. 
  • Advocacy efforts to reduce the use of e-cigarettes, menthol, and flavored tobacco in our communities
  • Commercial tobacco treatment for anyone who wants to quit smoking
  • Resources and trainings to diverse public health leaders and organizations throughout the region
  • Training for professionals in the behavioral health and substance abuse settings to increase the level of cessation support for their disproportionately impacted patients
  • Smokefree Housing policies that protect individuals, children and families renters from harmful smoke exposure in multi-unit housing
  • Information and support for workplace wellness efforts in the region

Tobacco at the POS (Point of Sale)

There are many tobacco products available and advertised in stores, including cigarettes, cigarillos, spit, chew and/or loose tobacco, cigars and e-cigarettes. These products may have special flavorings, and many are available in different package sizes, including singles.

Point of sale advertising promotes brand recognition in youth and the belief that youth can buy tobacco products without proof of age. Expanding perceived availability of tobacco products encourages impulse purchases, cues cravings, and undermines quit attempts.

Below, you can find 2018 data and recommended action steps for commercial tobacco products sold in retail locations in the following counties:

Point of Sale Marketing Examples

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