ClearWay Minnesota℠ and the Minnesota Department of Health recently released results of the 2010 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS). Overall, news about tobacco use appears positive: adult smoking rates have continued to decline from 22.1% in 1999 to 16.1% as reported in the latest survey; exposure to secondhand smoke has decreased from 56.6% to 45.6% since 2007; and 87.2% of homes have gone smoke-free – up from 83.2% in 2007.
The results of the survey also pointed to areas of concern, such as a drastic increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products in both cigarette smokers and non-cigarette smokers. In fact, smokeless tobacco use for cigarette smokers has more than doubled since 2007, rising from 4.4% to 9.6%.
To view the full report and a fact sheet, click here: http://www.mnadulttobaccosurvey.org/