American Lung Association

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    October 28, 2014

    Convenience Stores Say Tobacco Taxes Are Killing Them

    You have to consider the source, but a new study funded by a consortium of the Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association, a bunch of gas stations, and big tobacco finds that the increased cigarette and tobacco taxes that went into effect last year are having a devastating impact on businesses.The ta ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Gov. Dayton has "concerns" about Senate's proposed e-cig ban

    This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would roll e-cigs into the "smoking" section of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Art Act, thereby banning vaping in indoor public places.A companion bill in the House doesn't go as far, however. It'd prohibit vaping in public schools and sales to mi ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    St. Paul and Mpls both make top 10 of "Greenest Cities" list

    St. Paul ranks just ahead of Minneapolis in NerdWallet's list of the "Greenest Cities in America," but both cities crack the top 10.The list ranks the county's 95 largest cities using an algorithm that accounts for the median Air Quality Index, number of parks per 10,000 residents, the percentage of ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Why the Twin Cities' air quality is worst it's been all year

    Today, for the first time in 2014, the Twin Cities is under an "orange" air quality alert. That means breathing the air could be unhealthy for sensitive groups.Reached this morning, Cassie McMahon, air quality research analyst for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said that unfortunately, rela ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [INTERVIEW]

    After a $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax increase goes into effect on July 1, Bob Moffitt expects many Minnesota smokers to do as he did after college and quit.Moffitt, director of media relations for the American Lung Association in Minnesota, says he kicked his cigarette habit cold turkey many years a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

    One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    History suggests increasing Minnesota cigarette tax won't be as lucrative for state as some think

    ‚ÄčIn a commentary published in the Star Tribune today, economist Patrick Fleenor of Fiscal Economics Inc. makes a persuasive case that the state stands to gain less than lawmakers think from a GOP-proposed cigarette tax hike.Minnesota's cigarette tax is currently near the national average, but the ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    American Lung Association: Minnesota should do more to prevent smoking

    The ALA Minnesota would like to see more anti-smokinng advertising and higher cigarette taxes.‚ÄčThe American Lung Association thinks Minnesota should do more to counteract tobacco use.In its annual report, the ALA gives the state an "F" grade in the area of spending on tobacco prevention and contro ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    American Lung Association: Ramsey County's air gets a "D"

    Broken HaikuTime to clear the air.​Smell something bad? The American Lung Association is out with a new study today that shows Ramsey County fell from a "C" to a "D" grade when it comes to air quality -- the worst in the state. Based on EPA data on ozone and particle pollution from 2007-2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Minnesota ranks No. 1 in weaning drivers off gasoline

    E85: It's the corn.​Minnesota is officially the best state when it comes to replacing gasoline with alternatives that don't line the pockets of Middle East oil sharks, according to the Department of Energy. For that, we can thank the corn, and the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars

    Not as popular as it used to be.​Smokers aren't going to be welcome anywhere on Hennepin County property, including in county-owned vehicles, after commissioners approved a smoking ban by a 6-1 margin yesterday. The goal of the measure is to just clear the air uniformly for all county proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    American Lung Association prefers $20-a-pack cigarettes

    Photo: SuperFantasticThe health and economic costs to Minnesota from smoking are pegged at $5 billion a year.​Minnesota smokers might wince every time they put down an average $5.53 for a pack of cigarettes, but the American Lung Association says that's a bargain. If you tally up all the cost ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2009

    The T. Boone Pickens alt-energy show rolls across America

    Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 4/24: Housed

    A new study brings more gloom and doom to the housing market as we recover from the Best Of issue.

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    May 1, 2006

    5/1: Morning Communique

    Army chief of staff bemoans military budget complaints, Duluth declared a top clean-air city, eight sports mascots that must die, Kirk Cameron uses a banana to prove the existence of God, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • News

    February 9, 2005

    Don't Hold Your Breath

    Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.

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    May 26, 2004

    The Choke's on Us

    Minnesota's air quality makes it harder to breathe

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    November 8, 2000

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Two years after picking billions of dollars out of Big Tobacco's pocket, state officials are still having trouble polishing their next trick: Figuring out how to spend it

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    July 3, 1996