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February 12, 2013
Letter to the editor: Lawmakers must respect voters' decision on smoking
North Dakotans spoke loud and clear in November to create smoke-free workplaces and public places. It's frustrating to me that now that the Legislature is in session, some legislators are spending their time trying to pick apart this law, ultimately undermining the vote of the people....
February 12, 2013 - 7:16am
February 6, 2013
N.D. House snuffs cigarette bills
BISMARCK (AP) -- The North Dakota House has defeated a measure to increase the state's cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to $1. The House also defeated a measure Monday that would have required cigarette distributers to place revenue stamps on cigarettes to track them. Rep. Eliot...
February 6, 2013 - 7:37am
January 16, 2013
ND lawmakers mull roll-your-own smokes bill
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- 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...
January 16, 2013 - 3:11pm
ND smoking ban boosts tobacco control grades
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The passage by North Dakota voters last November of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban has boosted the state's grades in an annual tobacco "report card" from the American Lung Association. North Dakota got two A grades -- for smoke-free air and for funding...
January 16, 2013 - 9:05am
January 10, 2013
Survey: 91 percent of tobacco retailers do not sell to minors
January 10, 2013 - 11:48am
December 20, 2012
Fargo bar may face charges over 'loophole' in smoking ban
FARGO -- A cigar lounge here that is attempting to skirt the statewide smoking ban may soon be facing legal action. The director of Fargo Cass Public Health said she plans to file a complaint with Cass County prosecutors against the owner of JT Cigarro, who has been allowing people...
December 20, 2012 - 7:13am
December 6, 2012
New North Dakota smoking ban takes effect
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's new smoking ban has taken effect. The state had a limited ban for seven years. The new law passed by voters a month ago expands the ban to bars, motels, private nursing homes, cabs and public transportation. It also prohibits smoking within...
December 6, 2012 - 9:25am
Lights out: Smoking ban takes effect in public places
Bars and hotels in Jamestown are making changes, or awaiting more information as the ban that will extinguish cigarettes in public places goes...
December 6, 2012 - 6:55am
December 5, 2012
Smoking ban tightens in GF this week
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks' public smoking ban became stricter Monday night after the City Council voted unanimously to pass changes to comply with new state laws. Changes to the city ban will go into effect Friday, while the statewide smoking ban passed in the November election...
December 5, 2012 - 7:58am
November 30, 2012
Smoking ban will save lives in N.D.
Smoking huts outside bars around North Dakota will go the way of horse carriage garages when a new statewide smoking ban takes effect in one week. North Dakota has joined 29 other states in passing a more stringent statewide ban on indoor smoking in public places and workplaces, thanks...
November 30, 2012 - 7:09am
November 17, 2012
Bars preparing for change after approval of smoking ban
DICKINSON, N.D. -- North Dakota voters on Nov. 6 decided 66 percent to 34 percent to ban smoking in all public places and workplaces, including bars, through Measure 4. This ban takes effect 30 days after the election, meaning that by Dec. 6 all bars must be smoke free. Bars across...
November 17, 2012 - 7:07am
November 15, 2012
Tobacco users urged to quit on 'smokeout' day
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Health officials say North Dakotans should use the "Great American Smokeout" as an opportunity to quit using tobacco. The smokeout is being observed nationwide on Thursday. The annual event started 37 years ago. Fargo Cass Public Health tobacco prevention...
November 15, 2012 - 11:50am
November 8, 2012
Smoked out: By Dec. 6, smoking banned in public places, worksites
The vote is final and North Dakotans approved Measure 4, the ban on smoking in public places and worksites. A majority, 208,641, voted in favor of the measure with 104,359 opposed. That's roughly two out of three voters in favor of the ban. "This is a CDC (Centers for Disease...
November 8, 2012 - 6:57am
August 23, 2012
Williston State College expects to go smoke-free
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- Williston State College expects to be smoke-free by the end of the year. Marketing Director Kayla Retzer tells the Minot Daily News that the change won't be official until the faculty, staff and student senates approve it, as well as the executive Cabinet....
August 23, 2012 - 10:59am
August 11, 2012
Letter to the editor: Smoking ban would benefit North Dakota businesses
I am a lifelong conservative Republican and insurance business owner here in Illinois and I can tell everyone in North Dakota that our five-year-old Comprehensive Smoke Free Illinois law has been good for both health and business. The statewide smoking ban is strongly supported by...
August 11, 2012 - 7:16am