Bob Moffitt

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    July 31, 2013

    Hennepin County bans e-cigs

    A lot remains unknown about e-cigarettes, but there's one thing we can report with certainty -- Hennepin County workers and visitors will no longer be able to lawfully smoke them on county property.SEE ALSO: Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [I ... 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 16, 2012

    In unusual move, GOP legislators propose tax increase

    ​Two Republican senators have introduced a bill to increase the state's tobacco tax from 35 percent to more than 47 percent.The tax revenue, which could amount to as much as $320 million, would be funneled into the state's general treasury. According to Politics in Minnesota, earlier this week, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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 >>

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    June 17, 2009