Dear Editor, My name is Brianna Owens, I am 18 years old, and I live in North Minneapolis. As a teen member of the Breathe Free North project, I am part of a group of concerned Northside community members working to increase public awareness about the benefits of living smoke-free. It’s important for people to know that tobacco companies are responsible for creating … [Read more...]
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Dear Mr. President: According to the most recent federal data, more than 13.2 million children — one in five — live in poverty; six million live in extreme poverty; 14.8 million children live in food-insecure households; more than one million homeless children are in our schools; 3.9 million children still lack health insurance; the majority of public school students of all … [Read more...]
New ads reveal how cigarettes were designed for maximum addiction The nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive. That’s just one of the facts featured in new ads the tobacco industry has been court-ordered to run. The tobacco companies have never had to publicly admit, until now, that they conducted extensive … [Read more...]
Preliminary statistics show that during 2017, Hennepin County experienced 162 opioid-related deaths, a number that is likely to increase as final numbers come in. This marks a new record high for the county, surpassing last year’s 153 opioid-related deaths, and resulting in a more than 47 percent increase since 2015. “This is startling to see an almost 50 percent increase … [Read more...]
Poverty may be America’s greatest public health crisis Second in a six-part series Poverty and poor health worldwide are inextricably linked… Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health. Poverty increases the chances of poor health. Poor health in turn traps communities in poverty. — Health Poverty Action Poverty's harsh effects on health start before … [Read more...]