HEALTHBEAT Tobacco use: still a problem
It's safe to say that over the past few decades, billions of dollars have been spent in the United States on reducing tobacco use.
It has had an impact. The number of adults who smoke has declined st... Posted on 11/15/12 at 2:30 PM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA A habit to break
By Denise Pinkney
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest habits to break. Thats probably why tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in North Dakota. Each year, 877 North Dakotans die p... Posted on 11/12/12 at 3:23 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Cigarette smoking among adults
The Centers for Disease Control released a report today regarding adult smoking prevalence and secondhand smoke.
Here are some highlights from the report:
Results: In 2009, 20.6% of U.S. adults aged... Posted on 9/7/10 at 2:19 PM
The North Dakota House of Representatives supported HCR 3033 by only one vote, and it now awaits action in the North Dakota Senate. HCR 3033 is a resolution to study the feasibility of promoting the use of smokeless tobacco (snus and chew) as well as newer products like electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) as safe alternatives to cigarette smoking under the title of a “harm reduction strategy.”
I have become increasingly concerned with the actions some of our legislators have shown this session in disrespecting the wishes of North Dakota voters. There are bills attempting to make voting in general more difficult, to make it harder for regular people to initiate measures on the ballot, and to undermine the laws that voters created in the past by initiated measure.
By Paula Thomsen, Valley City, N.D.
, March 12, 2013
Through with Chew Week — Feb. 17-23 — is an annual effort to draw awareness to harm caused by smokeless tobacco use. The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy is using the opportunity to remind parents, school educators and the public that it is important to continue to work toward preventing the use of tobacco products among our youth.
As someone who proudly voted for Measure 4 and continues to support the law that helped North Dakotans breathe cleaner air by going smoke-free, it is ridiculous to see a handful of North Dakota politicians attempting to undo what 67 percent of us have done! Collectively 67 percent of North Dakotans voted for this smoke-free law, by majority in every single county.
By Jessica Hoppe, Horace, N.D.
, February 16, 2013
The State Tax Department is supporting a bill that would require commercial roll-your-own cigarette machine owners to register their equipment and pay the same taxes as name-brand packaged smokes.
State Tax Department attorney Daniel Rouse told the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the commercial roll-your-own machines are becoming popular across the country and are beginning to appear in North Dakota as the cost of cigarettes increase.
By James Macpherson, Associated Press
, January 17, 2013
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