Tobacco Prevention and Control

Olmsted County Public Health Service is creating a healthier community by promoting the reduction of tobacco use, and by connecting health professionals and the public to valuable resources, including information on the effects of tobacco use, tobacco cessation resources and guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs.

As of January 2, 2015, the Olmsted County Smoke-Free Workplace Ordinance changed.  Therefore, the use of e-cigarettes and hookah is not allowed in and around worksites/businesses in Olmsted County-just as cigarette smoking is currently prohibited.

Please help remind customers, patrons, and employees that smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes is also prohibited within 15 feet of all entrances.  Thank you!

Beginning May 1, 2017,  county-owned properties and grounds will go tobacco-free. Tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, chew, e-cigarettes, etc) will not be permitted on grounds near county government buildings, including the Government Center and all Campus offices. Signage will be placed throughout the properties to alert visitors, residents and staff about the new policy. Smoking will be allowed in designated areas in parks, at Silver Creek Corner and Transitional Offender housing facilities, and inside personal vehicles.

Do you know someone who wants to quit smoking or using tobacco?

We can provide you and your business or worksite with local tobacco cessation resources. 

Below is a list of resources for Tobacco Cessation:

Olmsted County Resource List (PDF 28 KB)

Smoking Cessation Clinic (Free)
Salvation Army-Good Samaritan Clinic
120 N. Broadway Rochester, MN
507 529-4100

QUITPLAN Services (Free)
888 354-PLAN

Mayo Nicotine research Program (Free)
Call to see if you qualify
800 848-7853 or 507 266-1944

 Mayo Nicotine Dependence Center
200 First St. SW Rochester, MN
507 266-1930 or 800 344-5984

For More Information:

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Electronic Cigarettes (PDF 6 MB)

Hookah: A Disturbing Trend (PDF 309 KB)