Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota Mission Statement
The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR) is a nonprofit organization whose
mission is to promote and serve Minnesota nonsmokers in their quest for clean, healthy
air; offer support to nonsmokers and organizations across the state and the country; and
combat the health, environmental and economic problems resulting from tobacco use. It
serves nonsmokers and organizations across the state and country. ANSR is committed to
reducing the number of young smokers and to continuously advocate for the rights and
health of nonsmokers.
Impact and Programs
In the last year ANSR has assisted multi-unit housing funded by HUD to adopt and enforce the required smoke-free rules through webinars, workshops, materials development, website creation and promotion and presentations at conferences for building owners and managers and tenants. http://smokefreepublichousingproject.org/
ANSR worked with community groups in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Saint Paul, Little Canada, New Brighton, Arden Hills, Isanti County, Robbinsdale, North Oaks, Eden Prairie, Brooklyn Center, Lauderdale, Minnetonka, Roseville, Richfield, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Plymouth, Saint Louis Park and Edina to promote and ultimately adopt tobacco policies to reduce youth tobacco use. We have trained youth advocates representing the LGBTQ, African American, East African, Hmong, Native American and Hispanic communities to engage in tobacco education and prevention activities in the city and among their peers. ANSR provided technical assistance to HUD housing residents, owners and managers and to grantees of Clearway Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, DHS. Under DHS ANSR conducted the Congratulate and Educate program with police departments state-wide to improve compliance with age-of-sale laws.
ANSR will continue the work begun in 2018-2019 by promoting polices and practices that protect youth from tobacco use and ensure that residents of multi-unit housing have healthy, smoke-free air, not contaminated by other people’s smoke, in their homes. We will continue our push to educate parents and educators about the nature and extent of use of e-cigarettes such as Juul. We will work to adapt to a changing funding environment in which one of the primary funders of tobacco prevention work prepares to cease operations. We will continue our efforts to serve those communities most impacted by tobacco use. Those most impacted include youth, LGBTQ, racial minorities and those with low income. We will endeavor to influence public policy through education and advocacy
Community or Constituency Served
Nonsmokers, related organizations
Geographic Area Served
USA, primarily the State of Minnesota