ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new survey shows the adult smoking rate in Minnesota has declined, but the use of smokeless tobacco is on the rise.

The Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey says the smoking rate has dropped to 16 percent, down a full percentage point from three years ago.

Smoking opponents say additional restrictions on where people can smoke and a couple of large cigarette tax hikes mostly likely influenced more smokers to quit. There’s also a decline in the number of people exposed to second-hand smoke. Exposure has dropped 11 percent from the last survey three years ago. The state enacted a smoking ban in bars and restaurants in 2007.

Minnesota Public Radio News says the survey is based on phone interviews with more than 7,000 state residents.

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Comments (6)
  1. Tom King says:

    Now if those smokeless users could just swallow it instead of loosing their goobers everywhere.

    MLB? Hello! Time to man up and be a good example for all the spitooning kids out there.

  2. dizzle says:

    being from minnesota i believe it is our right to have seperate establishments where people can still go to interact and smoke/drink. have seperate smokeless places for those who wish not to smoke. besides who believes it is comfortable to go outside in negative 20 degree weather to have a cigarette. every day our very own government is doing its best to take away our rights to freedom and make america closer to un-america. and we the people that pay our congressmen’s way through taxes have to say in how we would like to live. we need a political revoulution.

  3. Ed says:

    So we should see health care cost drop soon if you believe the propaganda used to pass the smoking ban and taxes will rise to cover the lost tax monies from cig sales.

  4. jon says:

    Now if they could keep the fools who still smoke away from public transportation I would be happy.

  5. waiting says:

    smoking is down….i havent seen my health insurance premium go down…but get ready for govenor mark taxation to find a new way to recover his losses from the cigarette tax…

  6. Joe & Ann says:

    I 100% agree with the changes. The bar and entertianment industries need the smokers to start going out again and have their establishments full until closing. Not empty at 9 pm.

    If this is a problem for the non-smokers, they should at least agree this these changes could start at 9 pm when they are not there and have all went home.

    These changes would benefit everyone, NOT JUST THE CHOSEN FEW!

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