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Association for Nonsmokers and ClearWay Minnesota are looking for policy champions

August 1, 2016 04:52 PM

The Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota and ClearWay MinnesotaSM are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for individuals from priority populations to engage in state and local commercial tobacco control policy campaigns. (The term commercial tobacco is used to differentiate cigarette smoking and other tobacco use from the sacred and traditional use of tobacco by American Indians and other groups.)

Priority populations: ClearWay Minnesota defines priority populations as groups that:

  • Have higher prevalence of tobacco use; and/or
  • Are disproportionately impacted by tobacco use; and/or
  • Are less likely to use cessation services; and/or
  • Are targeted by the tobacco industry.

The Policy Champions program is designed to build the capacity for commercial tobacco control work among five priority population groups:

  • Africans and African Americans;
  • American Indians;
  • Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders;
  • Chicanos/Latinos; and
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.

Time commitment

The Policy Champions Program is a nine-month opportunity (October 2016 to June 2017) for individuals from priority populations who want to eliminate the harm and health disparities caused by commercial tobacco use by advocating for strong tobacco prevention policies at the state and local level.

Desired candidates

We are seeking leaders who are motivated to advance state and local tobacco prevention policies to reduce commercial tobacco use across Minnesota and in priority populations. 

In the past, only LAAMPP alumni were eligible to apply for the Policy Champion Project. This year, in addition to LAAMPP alumni we are extending eligibility to include individuals from priority populations with a commitment to tobacco prevention and affiliated with an organization that is part of the Minnesota Menthol Coalition.

Policy focus

With Clearway Minnesota transitioning out of existence in 2023, we are focused on maximizing our limited time and resources to make the biggest impact possible. Moving forward, we will support a clear mandate in Minnesota of no new smokers. This mandate works to protect youth and priority populations, prevent tobacco initiation, reduce tobacco-related health disparities, and increase health equity. To meet our mandate we will focus on four major policy areas:

  1. Maintaining and increasing the price of tobacco products;
  2. Restricting access to menthol, candy and fruit flavored tobacco products;
  3. Increasing the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21; and
  4. Increasing funding for tobacco prevention.

To advance this agenda, Policy Champions will work with our statewide tobacco control coalitions – Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation and the Minnesota Menthol Coalition - and support local efforts to help educate Minnesotans from all communities, build coalitions of engaged advocates, and pass local policies that support our goals.

Deadline to apply

Monday, August 15, 2016, noon

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