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Crow Wing Energized starts tobacco coalition

Crow Wing Energized is looking to partner with other community members for a new tobacco coalition.

The latest Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found almost 1 in 4 people use tobacco, and less than half of cigarette smokers are trying to quit, even though 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. are tobacco-related, according to Essentia Health officials.

The Minnesota Department of Health, Crow Wing County, Crow Wing Energized and their partners are trying to change that by supporting community-driven solutions to create tobacco-free environments and promote quitting.

The coalition aims to reduce tobacco industry influence in stores, increase tobacco prices, provide support and resources to smokers who want to quit, raise the minimum tobacco sales age to 21, promote smoke-free environments and engage diverse populations in the state.

Community members interested in learning more are invited to join the new tobacco coalition by attending an informational event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, 523 N. Third St., Brainerd, in the Thabes 1 conference room.