The Site Coordinators meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Currently, Stairstep is partnering with the Association for Nonsmokers-MN (ANSR), educating our community on the harms of menthol tobacco. The faith community was instrumental in getting legislation passed in Minneapolis and St. Paul to restrict the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco to adult only smoke shops and a limited number of liquor stores.
Through a partnership with Clearway MN, the Stairstep Foundation has a new program called QuitPlan Ambassadors Program. The purpose of this initiative is to increase knowledge of QuitPlan Services for commercial tobacco users. By increasing knowledge of QuitPlan Services, we hope that more members of the our community will use QuitPlan Services for help in quitting commercial tobacco use. Each participating church has a QuitPlan Services Ambassadors who will be there for you every step of the way with tools, tips and support.
Smoking kills 47,000 African Americans per year. That’s more than homicides, suicides, AIDS, and car accidents combined. Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among African Americans – heart disease, cancer and stroke.
More than 88% of African American adults who smoke choose menthols, and 83% of African American youth smokers use menthol. Menthol Cigarettes minty flavor smooth’s out tobacco’s harshness, making it easier to smoke and harder to quit.
If you are a smoker but haven’t talked to anyone about it, Now is the Time. We can’t lose another life to cigarettes. Contact Sylvia Amos at 612-521-3110 for further information.