Tobacco plan outlinedA North Dakota advisory board is outlining its plans to cut tobacco use in the state.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota advisory board is outlining its plans to cut tobacco use in the state.
The proposal is likely to include suggestions for raising North Dakota’s tobacco tax, and a ban on smoking in bars.
North Dakota voters approved the board’s formation last November. It is independent of the state Health Department, and it is financed by money from a state lawsuit settlement against tobacco companies.
Board members are holding a news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday to discuss their proposals.
North Dakota has a cigarette tax of 44 cents a pack. The tax is less than one-third of the tax that’s levied in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.
The Legislature was not asked to increase tobacco taxes this year. Lawmakers turned down a bill to ban smoking in bars. Smoking is already against the law in most North Dakota buildings that are open to the public.