ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) - A recent study finds Minnesota’s comprehensive statewide tobacco control program is saving thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health care and productivity costs.
The program works to prevent young people from ever starting and supports current smokers to quit through media campaigns, public policy, and more.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, declines in smoking over the last 20 years have prevented more than 4,100 deaths and saved $2.7 billion in medical costs. State health officials say about 4,500 cases of cancer were prevented during that same time period. If current trends continue, MDH expects by the year 2037 more than 12 thousand cancers will be prevented statewide, with $10.2 billion less spent on medical care due to smoking.