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North Dakota

On November 6, 2012, in a landslide decision (66% - 33%), North Dakota voters chose to put a stronger smokefree state law in place. Voters from each of North Dakota's 53 counties and all legislative districts voiced support for making North Dakota the 24th state, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to require all non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars to be 100% smokefree. In addition, North Dakota's smokefree law adds provisions to require all gaming/gambling facilities to be 100% smokefree.

North Dakota's initiative makes all public places 100% smokefree, including: bars, all worksites, truck stops, hotels/motels, retail tobacco stores, gambling and gaming facilities, child and adult day care facilities, within 20 feet of entrances and even a few outdoor places. Because research has not shown that electronic cigarettes are safe for bystanders, e-cigarettes are also prohibited where smoking is not allowed.

In addition, 14 local communities in North Dakota now have 100% smokefree laws.

North Dakota law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in North Dakota.

Several cities in North Dakota have enacted local laws that are stronger than the current state law. Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Napoleon, and West Fargo, have 100% smokefree laws covering workplaces, including restaurants and bars. Several other cities are considering strong local laws to close existing loopholes in the state law. See an ad placed in the Fargo Forum, congratulating the cities of Fargo and West Fargo for 2 years of easy breathing thanks to their local smokefree ordinances.

ANR has additional information on North Dakota economic impact and public opinion data.

2014 State Legislative Session: No regular session

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Smokefree & Related News

UTTC Wellness Circle Selected for Public Health Award
Insurance News Net - June 11, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D., June 10 -- United Tribes Technical College issued the following news release: The United Tribes Technical College Wellness Circle has been selected to receive the "Public Health Team of the Year Award" from the North Dakota Public Health Association.
The award recognizes a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or outstanding public health effort in the past year. The association singled-out the group's work in establishing United Tribes as a tobacco-free college campus.

Newcomer joins re-elected incumbents on Fargo Park Board
INFORUM June 10, 2014

Magness, a business consultant, drew 5,766 votes. He joined the incumbents in supporting a downtown ice rink, as did Flacksbarth, who drew 4,250 votes. Both incumbents, Magness and Flacksbarth all supported a smoking ban in citys parks facilities, as well. Waltz, who had 4,645 votes, said he would need to seek more public input on a smoking ban and on a downtown skating rink

Theresa Knox: The issue with smoking is addiction, not freedom
Grand Forks Herald - June 9, 2014

...exposure to secondhand smoke and 4) identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among ... in our country. Young people in North Dakota use tobacco more than the national averages. They smoke ... price of tobacco products, sustaining anti-tobacco media campaigns and making environments smoke ..

LETTER: ‘Nanny state’ efforts to avoid all harm go too far
Grand Forks Herald - June 9, 2014

STARKWEATHER, N.D. — As an “ex-smoker” for about 10 years, I must confess to still enjoying the drift of smoke from a freshly lit cigarette in the... ...

Our Opinion: Three for Fargo parks
Forum - June 9, 2014

...it works and does not work, and would put that knowledge to use on the board. All three believe smoking ...

New home for radio station and more biz news
Prairie Business - May 26, 2014

The business was grandfathered in when Grand Forks banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2010, but the statewide smoking ban that took effect in ...

Some like conservation proposal
Bismarck Tribune - May 25, 2014

Future of former hookah lounge - The owner of a downtown Grand Forks building said he has a vacant spot he would like to fill with a place for eating and drinking, and he is showing the space to potential tenants. The business was grandfathered in when Grand Forks banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2010, but the statewide smoking ban that took effect in December 2012 outlawed indoor smoking in businesses. The owner, Andy Brunette, kept operating in spite of the ban and warnings from the city to comply with the ban

Moorhead leaders discuss licensing e-cigarette vendors, abolishing lengthy tobacco sampling
INFORUM May, 20, 2014

MOORHEAD Hoping to curb sales to minors, the city could soon require e-cigarette vendors to be licensed and subjected to compliance checks like traditional tobacco sellers.

Moorhead Considers Adding E-Cigarettes to Tobacco Ordinance
Valley News Live - May 20, 2014

Moorhead city leaders are concerned about e-cigarettes, their impact on local youth, and the way they're marketed. With no specific regulations in place, there is now talk of adding an amendment to the existing tobacco ordinance. The amendment would require businesses to have a tobacco license to sell them. Businesses would have to refrain from certain wording and from advertising them in certain locations, like malls and hospitals to name a few

Moorhead leaders discuss licensing e-cigarette vendors, abolishing ...
Prairie Business - May 20, 2014

Hoping to curb sales to minors, the city could soon require e-cigarette vendors ... arguing that hookah tobacco can be just as dangerous as standard cigarettes

JPS Board hears D.A.R.E report
Jamestown Sun - May 20, 2014

I think we're way ahead of all the other school districts in North Dakota in taking ... I also plan to help people stop smoking and doing drugs because I think that ...

Grand Forks Park District seeks info before acting on tobacco ban
Grand Forks Herald - May 19, 2014

Grand Forks Park District Commissioners want to gather some more information before acting on a tobacco-free policy. Commissioners received the results of a poll last week that showed overwhelming support for adopting a comprehensive tobacco-free policy on Park District property.

E-cigarette regulation inching closer
Grand Forks Herald - May 19, 2014

MOORHEAD - Aaron Templin tried quitting smoking multiple times but his efforts always fizzled ... to smoking, she said. One published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that e-cigarettes ... or those considering e-cigarettes to do the same. She stressed that multiple proven smoking cessation ...

'Medical' marijuana has its own economics
Bismarck Tribune - May 18, 2014

Tobacco is interesting in that it may be even more addictive than alcohol or most currently illegal drugs. It also harms the health of nearly everyone who uses it. But for decades, if not centuries, the extent of such harm was not fully appreciated. The decision to use is often made at an age where true informed consent is not really possible. And there are some external costs, especially through second-hand smoke, although tobacco's externalities are small compared with those of alcohol. The restrictions adopted are pretty much in line with what economists would see as the market failures. Bans on sales to minors address one information problem. Health warnings or the pictures of cancerous organs required on packages in some countries also address the information problem. And bans on smoking in confined spaces cause some reduction in the external costs of second-hand smoke.

With few regulations, e-cigs grow in popularity throughout area
In-Forum - May 17, 2014

Nicotine patches or gum never appealed to him as the path to cessation. Then, at a friend's suggestion, he tried one of the much-in-vogue electronic cigarettes, ...

Do you use e-cigarettes?
In-Forum - May 15, 2014

FARGO - Electronic cigarettes have become popular, and some have turned to them ... We're writing about the popularity of e-cigarettes, but also the concerns ...

Forum editorial: Prohibit smoking in all parks
In-Forum - May 6, 2014

The Fargo Park District has a limited ban that allows smoking 25 feet away from ... Kindred, Valley City, Cooperstown and Wahpeton, all in North Dakota. Dozens ...

Letter: Smokers deserve some compassion
INFORUM May 6, 2014

Lawmakers have rounded up all of the smokers and branded them like a leper colony, without any emotional support for what demons they may face in their personal lives. People are sometimes more dangerous than smoking in some peoples life. It is a fact that most smokers have a higher emotional IQ than nonsmokers and sometimes cannot fathom of being so rude or hurtful to another person, and with weight gain as a pitfall of quitting smoking, the public has given two major habits to give up at the same time.

North Dakota's anti-tobacco agency spends big targeting smoking in apartments
Watchdog.org - May 5, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. Spending in North Dakota on so-called risky behavior programs is increasing more than 20 percent in the current biennium. One of the biggest spenders is the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, an entity of the state government created when voters approved a ballot measure in 2008.

Dilworth City Council bans smoking in parks
WDAY - May 5, 2014

DILWORTH - The City Council here has passed a resolution banning smoking in Dilworths parks, joining dozens of Minnesota and North Dakota cities that have created similar laws. In North Dakota, the cities of Kindred, Valley City, Beulah, Cooperstown, Garrison, Harvey, Jamestown, Wahpeton, Rolette, Milnor, Mayville and Langdon have no-smoking policies in their parks, said Holly Scott, tobacco prevention coordinator at Fargo Cass Public Health. Fargo and West Fargo allow smoking in parks. But in Fargo, smoking and disposing of cigarette butts is banned within 25 feet of playgrounds.

Dilworth City Council bans smoking in parks
Bismarck Tribune - May 4, 2014

The City Council here has passed a resolution banning smoking in Dilworths parks, joining dozens of Minnesota and North Dakota cities that have created similar laws. Fargo and West Fargo allow smoking in parks. But in Fargo, smoking and disposing of cigarette butts is banned within 25 feet of playgrounds.

No Licenses Required For E-Cigarettes
Valley News Live – April 30, 2014

The F.D.A. is proposing new regulations that would include ways to eliminate sales of E-cigs to minors by not allowing them sold in vending machines and ...

JPS Board approves summer projects
Jamestown Sun - April 22, 2014

...approved the first reading of the district's tobacco policy, which is being revised to include electronic cigarettes. Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at ...

GF stores enter e-cig biz and other news
Prairie Business - April 21, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Regulations, risks debated, but seller calls them safe way to quit tobacco. A store selling electronic cigarettes opened in Grand Forks last week, as a federal agency works on regulating the product and a debate over its safety swirls.

Letter: Balance the debate over e-cigarettes
INFORUM April 19, 2014

In regard to The Forums April 12 editorial on e-cigarettes: The editorial was so full of half-truths and histrionic hand-waving that I kept expecting to see it was a paid advertisement. Apparently, publishing it as an opinion allows the writers at The Forum to avoid any journalistic integrity and fact checking.

E-cigarette etiquette: While regulations remain in flux, users ...
In-Forum - April 17, 2014

A statewide smoke-free law approved by North Dakota voters in 2012 does include electronic cigarettes, Eaton said, which means they can't be used indoors in ...

Forum editorial: The 'no' applies to e-cigs
In-Forum - April 12, 2014

Under the smoke-free law approved by North Dakota voters in 2012 the use of so-called electronic cigarettes is prohibited in all places where smoking tobacco is not allowed. Its that simple. The law, which won voter support in every county in the state, is unequivocal. No spinning by the tobacco lobby and its lackeys can make North Dakotas e-cig prohibition less clear.

Letter: The freedom to breathe at risk
INFORUM - April, 11, 2014

On April 8, we went to the state Capitol to share our opinions on smoke-free foster care and e-cigarettes.

New Smoking Campaign Gets Attention
KVRR - April 9, 2014

"Again I'm all for it, it's obvious smoking is bad, quitting is good. Second hand smoke has proven to have adverse health consequences," said Brody Maack.

Bypass project underway in Alexander
Bismarck Tribune - April 9, 2014

The depot is off to a great start, he said, especially since some of the big companies like Halliburton and Power Fuels started enforcing a no-smoking policy in ...

Tobacco control group promoting smoke-free apartments
Bismarck Tribune - April 8, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy is promoting smoke-free apartments.

BISMARCK, N.D.: State launches campaign against secondhand smoke
Associated Press April 7, 2014

North Dakota health officials are launching a campaign against secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing. The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy says the campaign encourages the implementation of smoke-free housing policies

MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Willmar teen pleads guilty to ...
Pierce County Herald - April 3, 2014

The statewide Smoke-Free law in North Dakota prohibits use of electronic cigarette in all of the same places a traditional cigarette is prohibited. Scott says some ...

E-cigarettes are covered under North Dakota's Smoke-Free law
KFGO - April 2, 2014

FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- Even if they don't emit smoke, those trendy e-cigarettes that are becoming more popular, aren't allowed in bars, restaurants and other public places in North Dakota. Holly Scott of Fargo-Cass Public Health says they're starting to get complaints of people using the devices to "vape" indoors. The statewide Smoke-Free law in North Dakota prohibits use of electronic cigarette in all of the same places a traditional cigarette is prohibited.

Changes to tobacco ordinance passed
West Fargo Pioneer - April 1, 2014

The Commission passed the second reading of changes to its tobacco ordinance to include electronic cigarettes at its Monday meeting. The Citys ordinance now requires a tobacco license for anyone wishing to sell electronic cigarettes along with regular tobacco products and it prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. The City Commission is following precedence set by Fargo and Moorhead, which have passed similar laws.

Praise for e-cig restrictions
Bismarck Tribune - March 30, 2014

The American Lung Association in North Dakota would like to commend Bismarck and Mandan on the passage of city ordinances restricting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. These ordinances will help ensure that our children do not begin a lifetime of addiction to nicotine. ...

City takes first step to include e-cigs in laws
West Fargo Pioneer - March 26, 2014

The City of West Fargo will be updating its tobacco-related ordinances to include electronic cigarettes. The City Commission passed the first reading of ordinance changes on March 17 to require that anyone selling electronic cigarettes be licensed to sell tobacco and prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Minnesota, North Dakota adult smoking rates relatively low
Pioneer Press - March 26, 2014

FARGO -- North Dakota and Minnesota rank among the states with relatively low ... In North Dakota, 18 percent of adults smoke, and the smoking rate ranges from 8 ... Burleigh, 13 percent; Grand Forks, 15 percent; Ransom, 14 percent; ..

Adult smoking rates relatively low in region
Jamestown Sun - March 26, 2014

In North Dakota, 18 percent of adults smoke, and the smoking rate ranges from 8 percent ... Indoor smoking bans, such as the one North Dakota voters adopted ...

Smoking rates in Fargo-Moorhead below national average; rates much higher in poorer counties
INFORUM March 26, 2014

FARGO North Dakota and Minnesota rank among the states with relatively low percentages of adult smokers, but smoking rates vary widely among counties, according to a new comparison of counties.

Marijuana legalization raises logistical questions
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - March 25, 2014

If they're too loose, your child may wonder what's wrong with smoking or eating marijuana. 4. Prevention: People say legalize it, tax it and pay for prevention.

Adult smoking rates relatively low in North Dakota, Minnesota
Grand Forks Herald March 25, 2014

In North Dakota, 18 percent of adults smoke, and the smoking rate ranges from 8 percent in Hettinger County to 44 percent in Sioux County, which makes up a ...

NDSU program specializes in American Indian health
Bismarck Tribune - March 24, 2014

Bismarck Tribune .... FARGO, N.D. A North Dakota State University program is offering an advanced ... Students have been studying health-related issues such as substance abuse, diabetes, smoking, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, ... He earned a bachelor's degree from Minot State and is pursuing the master's ...

Sports Vape owners selling tobacco alternative
Prairie Business - March 19, 2014

FARGO, N.D. - Sports Vape, an electronic cigarette store and oxygen bar, has opened in the former home of Mothers Records at 1621 S. University Drive. Owners Jeremy Veum and Darius Endres thought the two enterprises fit well together under their theme of clear air.

19th Annual Kick Butts Day used to promote a tobacco-free lifestyle
Jamestown Sun - March 18, 2014

Central Valley Health District and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy are using this occasion to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco. ...

North Dakota Kids Will 'Kick Butts' on March 19
NEWS.GNOM.ES - March 13, 2014

Each year, smoking kills 480,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation at least ... banning the sale of the new tobacco products to youth under the age of 18.

Opportunity to Promote Tobacco-free Lifestyle
CNDNEWS.com - March 13, 2014

First District Health Unit and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and ... In addition, 1.9 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked each year by ... tobacco companies use to attract youth are candy - and fruit-flavored tobacco ... “North Dakota projections show us that a $2.00 cigarette tax has the potential to ...

Letter: Big tobacco goes after 'replacement smokers'
In-Forum - March 8, 2014

Even though the risks of using tobacco are well documented, it remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the country. This year alone, nearly 500,000 Americans will die prematurely because of smoking. Unfortunately, tobacco marketing efforts recruit two new young smokers to replace each tobacco user who dies.

Hurdles remain on track to preventing tobacco use
Grand Forks Herald - March 3, 2014

BISMARCK Even though the risks are well documented, using tobacco remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. This year alone, nearly 500,000 Americans will die prematurely because of smoking.

The week that was
Minot Daily News - March 2, 2014

JOIN THE CROWD It appears Minot will become the latest city to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Minot City Council's Public Works and Safety Committee last week recommended the full council make it illegal to sell or provide e-cigarettes to minors and for minors to possess the devices. E-cigarettes do not fall under the definition of tobacco, and aren't regulated. Many local stores already restrict the sale of the devices to minors, and some legislators are considering changing state law to regulate e-cigarettes under existing laws for conventional tobacco cigarettes. Sounds to us like area stores are already restricting sales of the products to minors anyway, so making it official under a Minot ordinance shouldn't garner many complaints. The e-cigarettes are battery powered and still deliver a dose of nicotine to the user. Officially banning their sale to minors seems like a good idea, and we expect the full city council to follow the committee's recommendation.

PHOTO: Slick ways tobacco companies are targeting youth
Wahpeton Daily News - February 28, 2014

Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars to advertise their products, with packaging that appeals to youth. ...

E-cigarette worries
Minot Daily News - February 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes should be treated like tobacco when it comes to minors, Minot's STAMP Coalition told a city committee Wednesday. The Minot City Council's ...

North Dakota 'Happiest State;' West Virginia 'Most Miserable'
Guardian Liberty Voice - February 23, 2014

According to the most recent Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, the happiest state in the United States is North Dakota. In those states with higher well-being scores, such as North Dakota, people were more likely to be non-smokers and regular participants in exercise.

North Dakota chewing tobacco users encouraged to quit during ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 21, 2014

BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota health officials are reminding people that chewing spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. The Health .

Chew tobacco use target of Great American Spit Out
Wahpeton Daily News - February 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are reminding people that chewing spit tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking. The Health ...

Library may take action on e-cigarettes
Bismarck Tribune - February 20, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. --The Bismarck Public Library board of directors will consider a change to its policy to specify patrons cannot use e-cigarettes in the library.

Health Department Celebrates Great American Spit Out
KUMV - February 20, 2014

In order to raise awareness of the damage that chewing tobacco and smoking can do to your body, the North Dakota Department of Health is celebrating their ...

Mandan might ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Washington Times - February 19, 2014

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Mandans City Commission has given initial approval to an ordinance banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Mandan might ban e-cigarette sales to minors; Bismarck, Fargo already have passed ordinances
The Tribune - February 19, 2014

MANDAN, North Dakota Mandan's City Commission has given initial approval to an ordinance banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Mandan might ban e-cigarette sales to minors; Bismarck, Fargo ...
The Republic - February 19, 2014

MANDAN, North Dakota Mandan's City Commission has given initial ... The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1fdOafi) a final vote is set March 4 on the ... including North Dakota have expanded indoor smoking bans to include them.

Mandan bans e-cigarettes for minors
Bismarck Tribune - February 18, 2014

MANDAN, N.D. --The Mandan City Commission on Tuesday approved the first reading of an ordinance that bans selling e-cigarettes to minors under the age 18. The vote was 4-0

Motschenbacher runs for Bismarck City Commission
Bismarck Tribune February 17, 2014

Mike Motschenbacher, 41, announced he will run for the Bismarck City Commission. He has lived in Bismarck for 24 years and manages the Bismarck Expressway Inn. He previously ran for the Bismarck City Commission in 2006 on a platform against a half-cent city sales tax to fund multiple city and park projects, and against a smoking ban. Motschenbacher said the business he manages has been smoke-free several years. He favored allowing businesses to make that decision themselves. I dont think anybody will take any action to reverse it, he said of citywide and state smoking bans that have since taken effect.

Smoking ads unnecessary
Minot Daily News – February 16, 2014

Heidi Tank, Rugby I have never been a smoker nor do I ever intend to, but I think the Breath Right ND ads are uncalled for.

Bismarck bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors; Williston close to ...
The Tribune - February 14, 2014

BISMARCK, North Dakota — Bismarck is the latest city in North Dakota to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, and Williston is likely not far behind.

City moves to ban e-cigarettes for minors
Williston Daily Herald - February 13, 2014

The city of Williston is one step closer to preventing the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. On Tuesday, commissioners approved the first reading of ...

Bismarck bans e-cigarette sales to minors
Bismarck Tribune February 12, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. --The Bismarck City Commission on Tuesday banned selling or providing e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18. The new law, approved 5-0, also prohibits minors from using and selling the product.

Officials hope to educate on e-cigarettes
Wahpeton Daily News - February 10, 2014

The laws in the different states throughout the country also give challenges to regulating the e-cigarette product. In North Dakota, Mauch explained, there is no age restrictions on the products which she called a major gateway. North Dakota was proactive in another law, though, which bans using e-cigarettes inside all places that traditional tobacco products are not allowed. However, in other states, such as Minnesota, it can still be used inside such places. The fear is that its becoming a social norm again, Mauch said. So its like moving backwards. Currently, Mauch said the best thing she can do is educate the public about e-cigarettes.

Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking
Bismarck Tribune - February 9, 2014

Fifty years on, health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. A confluence of changes has recently prompted public health ...

N.D. ranks high for tobacco control
Jamestown Sun - February 4, 2014

While North Dakotas grades remained unchanged from last years American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control Report, they were good enough to be one of six states cited as best states for tobacco control.

Public hearing scheduled on proposed e-cigarette ban
Bismarck Tribune - January 29, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. --A Feb. 11 public hearing is scheduled on a proposed Bismarck ordinance that bans selling e-cigarettes to minors. The Bismarck City Commission set the hearing date Tuesday. Under the ordinance, those providing or selling e-cigarettes to people under age 18 could be fined up to $500. Minors found possessing or using the product could be fined up to $70

Bismarck mulls age limits on e-cigarette users
Bismarck Tribune - January 27, 2014

The Bismarck City Commission might crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under age 18. Minors found having or using the products also would be fined under the proposed ordinance. Pat McGeary, coordinator for the Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition, said Monday that the group requested that Bismarck include the ordinance because the ...

Surgeon General Recognizes North Dakota in Annual Report
KMOT - January 23, 2014

It's been 50 years since the Surgeon General first started warning people about the dangers of cigarette smoking. And things have been slow to improve. But, there is a glimmer of hope. It's the fact that North Dakota is improving it's tobacco control. The grades are in, and North Dakota's annual tobacco report is one of six states listed "best" in the nation

Police say cigarettes caused fire above Bonzer's in downtown Grand ...
Grand Forks Herald - January 15, 2014

...Cigarettes have caused other fires in Grand Forks, according to Boespflug. A year ago, a man was killed after falling asleep while smoking and starting a fire at a ...

MARILYN HAGERTY: Turning point for cigarettes came 50 years ago
Grand Forks Herald - January 14, 2014

“Indict cigarette smoking; hazard termed grave,” declared a banner headline in ... She became the first baby born in Grand Forks and, indeed, in North Dakota. ...

E-cigarettes are missing the facts
Bismarck (ND) Tribune - January 13, 2014

Theres been a lot of buzz lately about electronic cigarettes and the rise in popularity (and sales). Theyre seen all across the country, including in North Dakota. What we know about e-cigarettes for certain, unfortunately, is pretty minimal.

Smoking ban: One year later
The Daily News - January 13, 2014

In November 2012, more than two-thirds of North Dakotans voted to make work places smoke-free. A year later, some area business owners are still wondering ...

50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Smoking Report
KQCD-TV (Dickinson, ND) - January 11, 2014

Smoking still kills 800 North Dakotans every year, and it costs the state 2 hundred and 47 million dollars in healthcare. The state's current tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the country at forty four cents, and The Center for Tobacco Prevention say...

Local doctor's view e-cigarettes
High Plains Reader – January 9, 2014

Sales of electronic cigarettes are expected to reach $1.7 billion this year. Many smokers are turning to this odor-free, vapor-releasing instrument as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but many health experts are skeptical.

Working against tobacco
Bismarck Tribune - January 9, 2014

Members of an interim legislative committee heard testimony about tobacco prevention efforts on reservations throughout the state Wednesday. ...

Tribal leaders mull smoke-free ND casinos, but don't bet on it
WDAZ - January 9, 2014

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa operates a smoke-free mini-casino in downtown Belcourt, though Tribal Chairman Richard McCloud said it generates only enough revenue to pay for staff. The tribe's Sky Dancer Casino allows ... It's more likely the casinos will create designated smoking and non-smoking areas, he said. Fremming said the health department discourages that approach because of the difficulty in keeping secondhand smoke out of nonsmoking areas. The Indian Affairs Commission is taking the ...

Tribal leaders mull smoke-free ND casinos
Prairie Business - January 9, 2014

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa operates a smoke-free mini-casino in ... It's more likely the casinos will create designated smoking and nonsmoking ...

Tribal leaders mull smoke-free N.D. casinos, but dont bet on it
Grand Forks Herald - January 9, 2014

Tribal leaders are considering a proposal to ban smoking in North Dakotas Indian casinos, but one tribal chairman said the odds of it happening are slim.

CDC: Lung cancer rates drop, especially among men
Bismarck Tribune - January 9, 2014

Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases.

Tribal leaders consider smoke-free ND casinos, but don't bet on it
In-Forum - January 8, 2014

BISMARCK Tribal leaders are considering a proposal to ban smoking in North Dakotas Indian casinos, but one tribal chairman said the odds of it happening are slim. Pushing the idea is the Intertribal Tobacco Use Coalition, comprised of tribal tobacco prevention staff from each of the states reservations, plus community members and other stakeholders, including the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. The state Department of Health is partnering with the tribal coalition in the effort.

Tribal leaders mull smoke-free N.D. casinos, but dont bet on it
Dickenson Press - January 8, 2014

BISMARCK Tribal leaders are considering a proposal to ban smoking in North Dakotas Indian ... Services Committee on Wednesday. North Dakota voters approved a statewide measure banning smoking in indoor ... have voluntarily put smoke-free policies in place in their casinos. On the Fort Berthold Reservation ...

Fargo's City Commission stepping in to make sure minors don't become customers of e-cigarettes
WDAY - January 6, 2014

When it comes to many teens, traditional cigarettes are a thing of the past, while the use of electronic cigarettes is skyrocketing. E-Cigarette shops are popping up all over town and Monday night, Fargo's city commission is stepping in, to make sure minors don't become customers.

Fargo City Commissioners look to update tobacco ordinances
WDAY - January 6, 2014

Fargo city commissioners are taking a step to stop the increase of e-cigarette use among minors. Right now, electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, meaning there are no laws about their use. ...

ND smoke-free law supporters celebrate one-year anniversary
Wahpeton Daily News - January 2, 2014

More than one year has passed since the citizens of North Dakota voted in favor of a smoke-free law in all work places throughout the state, and while progress has been made, the effort on tobacco prevention continues. ...

Kick the habit in 2014
Minot Daily News - December 30, 2013

For people who smoke, the new year may be enough to give a kick-start to quitting and committing to a healthier life. The First District Health Unit in Minot will be ...

Smoke from mattress fire damages apartment
INFORUM - December, 15, 2013

FARGO A child playing with a lighter started a fire in a Fargo apartment building Saturday night.

Forum editorial: Progress in tobacco cessation
INFORUM - December 14, 2013

North Dakota was recognized last week as leader among states meeting national standards for funding anti-smoking programs. Its a welcome designation. Moreover, its more evidence the state is doing an excellent job with the resources it has to educate about the risks of smoking and secondhand smoke and provide programs to help smokers quit.

North Dakota No. 1 in protecting kids from tobacco
INFORUM December 10, 2013

WASHINGTON North Dakota is ranked first in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations.

North Dakota No. 1 in protecting kids from tobacco
Grand Forks Herald December 9, 2013

North Dakota is ranked first in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations. The annual report on states funding of tobacco prevention programs, titled A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later, was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers Rights.

Groups Recognize North Dakota's Funding of Cessation Programs
KMOT - December 9, 2013

A coalition of anti-tobacco groups ranked North Dakota number one in funding programs to prevent children from smoking and to help smokers quit. In two years, the percentage of North Dakota teens who use tobacco has dropped from 22 point 4 percent to 19 point 4 percent. However, that is still above the ...

North Dakota tops in nation in funding tobacco programs
Bismarck Tribune December 9, 2013

A coalition of public health organizations says North Dakota is tops in the nation in funding programs to prevent children from smoking.

North Dakota tops nation in funding tobacco programs, South ...
KSFY - December 9, 2013

BISMARCK -- A coalition of public health organizations says North Dakota is top in the nation in funding programs to prevent children from smoking and to help ...

Bars one year into smoke-free
Pierce County Tribune - December 7, 2013

Rugby bars have been smoke free for just over one year now. Three of the city's bar owners said business hasn't been hurt because the state ban made for an ...

Businesses Fail to Post Smoke-Free Signs
KMOT-TV (Minot, ND) - December 3, 2013

First District Health says many businesses are not posting the smoke-free signs in the front of their store or restaurant, which is an important piece in preventing tobacco use at indoor workplaces.

Forum editorial: Smokeout still has work to do
In-Forum - November 20, 2013

Forum editorial: Smokeout still has work to do. In 1976 a group of anti-smoking activists got the idea of having a national day when smokers ...

United Tribes college in Bismarck bans tobacco
WDAY - November 21, 2013

He says the goal is to protect people from the harmful effects of tobacco while still ... 1 prohibits the use of tobacco on campus properties, in campus-owned ...

A case against e-cigarettes
Bismarck Tribune – November 21, 2013

Today we celebrate the Great American Smokeout. It is a national campaign that brings awareness to the dangers of tobacco and secondhand smoke, and encourages people who smoke to quit.

United Tribes Technical College banning tobacco on campus; 1st ...
The Tribune - November 20, 2013

BISMARCK, North Dakota — United Tribes Technical College is becoming the first tribal college in North Dakota to ban tobacco. The ban will g November 20, 2013

Support for 1-year-old ND smoking ban increases
Prairie Business - November 14, 2013

DICKINSON, N.D. - Support has only increased in the year since North Dakota voters decided to end smoking in bars, the group that lobbied to implement the law said.

Letter to the Editor: Common sense protections should be put in place
West Fargo Pioneer - November 6, 2013

...in just one year, and the knowledge that adolescents have found ways to alter these devices to smoke other ...

Letter: Caution on e-cig situation
In-Forum - November 2, 2013

There's been a lot of buzz lately regarding electronic cigarettes and the rise in popularity (and sales) they've seen all across the country, including right here in ...

Erin Hill-Oban, Bismarck, ND letter: E-cigarettes' safety, impact remain in doubt
Grand Forks Herald - November 2, 2013

Tobacco Free North Dakota would like to add the voice of our organization and our members to the conversation. We have no interest in scaring the public; ...

Tobacco Marketing Costs Exceed Those of Prevention Efforts
KUMV October 31, 2013

There's been a statewide effort over the past several years to cut down on tobacco use in North Dakota. And state lawmakers now know exactly how much those prevention programs are costing.

Tobacco Marketing Costs Exceed Those of Prevention Efforts
KQCD-TV - October 31, 2013

According to the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, the state is spending less to fight tobacco use than companies are using to market the product, which the group says is a good thing. ...

Tobacco Is No Longer Tolerated at Valley City Parks
Valley News Live - October 23, 2013

On the heels of a state wide smoking ban in public places, a North Dakota city is taking it one step further. Tobacco use is now against the law in city parks and ...

Secondhand Smoke Doubles the Risk of SIDS
KUMV - October 22, 2013

While the direct cause of SIDS is unknown, the North Dakota Department of Health says children that breathe in secondhand smoke after they are born have an ...

Increased Minnesota Tobacco Tax is North Dakota's Gain
NACS Online - October 22, 2013

Meanwhile, whether the tax hike has reduced the number of smokers in Minnesota ... According to data from the North Dakota Tax Commissioner's Office, the ...

Tobacco sales down in Minn., up in ND
Fargo (ND) InForum - October 20, 2013

In the months since Minnesota raised taxes on tobacco products, more cigarettes were sold to retailers in North Dakota. And at the same time, it’s too early to tell whether the tax hike has reduced the number of smokers, one of its intended effects. ...

Letter: Make tobacco sales illegal in ND
In-Forum - October 10, 2013

The residents of North Dakota need to step up their game and push to make the selling of tobacco products in stores illegal. The reason I want this product off the market is it only has negative effects on the human body. Some of those effects include lung cancer, kidney cancer, stomach cancer, etc.

More restrictions for smokers at Ralph Engelstad Arena
Grand Forks Herald - September 23, 2013

Those who want to take a smoke break during events at Grand Forks Ralph Engelstad Arena will be free to leave but they wont be allowed back in starting Oct. 6, the night of the first UND mens hockey game, according to arena spokesman Chris Semrau.

More restrictions for smokers at Ralph Engelstad Arena
WDAZ - September 23, 2013

Those who want to take a smoke break during events at Grand Forks Ralph Engelstad Arena will be free to leave but they wont be allowed back in starting Oct. 6, the night of the first UND mens hockey game, according to arena spokesman Chris Semrau.

WSC Going Smoke Free
KMOT - September 9, 2013

It's a move more college's across the country are starting to make...going smoke free. Out of the 11 institutions in North Dakota, 10 of them are smoke free, and now Williston State College is going to make it 11. Last but not least. On November 1st of this year, Williston State College is going to be not only smoke free, but tobacco free. "It includes e-cigarettes, it includes chewing tobacco, any other kind of tobacco form, it is all forbidden to be on campus and being used on campus," said Williston State College Faculty Senate Chair Kim Weismann.

VIDEO: Grand Forks Downtown Development Association cleanup event
Grand Forks Herald - September 6, 2013

Business owners and city employees placed plastic cigarette disposals throughout downtown Friday morning. The event was an effort to encourage compliance with the city's smoking ordinance and to keep streets clean of cigarette butts. Those on hand also helped clean sidewalks ahead of the Potato Bowl parade Saturday.

ND Smoking Ban: Has It Been Effective?
Valley News Live - September 5, 2013

North Dakota voters approved banning public smoking within 20 feet of doors, windows, and vents. In downtown Fargo there were a few smokers, who are obeying the law. "I don't smoke until I get past the railroad tracks, and then I don't smoke until I get here." Steve Anderson says. He was sitting on a bench well beyond the distance in order to obey the law. But there are many smokers who don't stay 20 feet away. "I think we were pretty hopeful early on that the law would pretty much be self enforcing," says Robyn Litke Sall with Fargo Cass Public Health, "and that's pretty much seemed to be, people are following the law and they are taking it upon themselves to not break the laws." But not everyone is satisfied with that explanation. "Law that's written should be enforced, either way if they're going to be lazy about enforcing it I don't think they should make the law." Says Blake Hagen.

Freedom of choice?
Minot Daily News - August 25, 2013

I was and still am in a state of shock that North Dakota voters voted "Yes" for Measure 4. I am in a further state of shock that in this land of the free, the United States of America, we are now discussing banning smoking outdoors (Minot Daily News, Section C, Aug. 12, 2013). There are commercials, which our tax dollars are paying for, on television telling us how bad smoking is for the smoker and everyone in their presence. I agree smoking is bad for your health, but I believe everyone knows this and there are better ways to spend our tax dollars.

Fargo man accused of assault over cigarettes
Bismarck Tribune - August 24, 2013

A North Dakota man is accused of beating another man unconscious because the victim didn't have any cigarettes.

Health Matters: N.D. resources for tobacco cessation
Grand Forks Herald - August, 19, 2013

Dr. Joshua Wynne answers the question: My doctor tells me that I need to quit cold turkey. I think I can stop by gradually reducing my smoking. What do you think?

Significant increase in fires due to improper disposal of smoking ...
WDAZ - August 14, 2013

Officials with the Grand Forks Fire Department say they've seen a significant increase in fires caused by careless use of smoking materials. A deck fire on Monday was the latest, and in the last year there have been about ten accidental fires, one resulting in death. These fires can cause damages ranging in cost from $1,000 to excess of $100,000. Often times, fire marshals find that the cause of fires is careless and improper disposal of smoking materials. Officials say that if you choose to smoke, be responsible and aware

Forum editorial: Outdoors initiative might fly
In-Forum - August 14, 2013

Its always iffy to amend the state Constitution for matters that seem to be the purview of the Legislature. But North Dakotans (after two tries) established the Legacy Fund by constitutional amendment to reserve what looks to be billions of oil and gas dollars for the future. Also, using other ballot means, such as referral and initiative, voters have in effect chastised lawmakers for failing to act. The most recent examples were a measure to force changes at the state workers compensation agency, and to impose statewide restrictions on smoking and secondhand smoke. Legislators often are captives of well-heeled special interests. Voters tend to be ahead of their representatives on important social, public health and revenue issues.

Letter: Harm-reduction not best public policy for tobacco
In-Forum - August 6, 2013

There has been a good deal of talk about harm-reduction strategies (promoting alternative tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes, as safer alternatives to smoking cigarettes) as being good options for tobacco users to reduce the risk of using tobacco while maintaining the addiction to nicotine.

Tobacco-free policy recommended
United Tribes News Aug/Sep 2013

p. 20-21, The United Tribes Wellness Circle has recommended a ban on tobacco products on the United Tribes campus.

United Tribes Wellness Circle
United Tribes News Aug/Sep 2013

p. 6, Smoking: Considerable work and discussion has gone into a Tobacco Free policy
recommendation that was forwarded to the colleges administrative council.

Purdon: New ATF director a 'big plus' for Dakotas
Grand Forks Herald - August 1, 2013

The U.S. attorney from North Dakota says the new director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should help the state partly because of his familiarity with the area.

Smoke-free Workplaces Work
Turtle Mountain Times - July 29, 2013
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BELCOURT - Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization, dedicated to non-smokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. Char Day, Program Manager with Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights, visited Turtle Mountain and the Spirit Lake Nation last week…

RYAN BAKKEN: Right paper, right place for 40-year career in print
Grand Forks Herald - July 29, 2013

Heres how long ago that was: You could smoke indoors and no one thought anything of it. Newspaper technology included hot-lead type. The paper was delivered in the afternoon. I had hair. Lots of it.

Modest requests for law enforcement
Bismarck Tribune July 26, 2013

At 9 a.m. Wednesday the Health Services Committee meets in the Fort Totten Room. Included on its agenda is a study of the states comprehensive tobacco prevention and control policy.

Raise ND tobacco tax
Minot Daily News - July 21, 2013

Minnesota just raised its cigarette tax by $1.60 per pack, leaving me in envy of our neighbor's efforts to help people quit smoking.

Letter: ND's cigarette tax should be increased
In-Forum - July 17, 2013

Minnesota just raised its cigarette tax by $1.60 per pack, leaving me in envy of our ... One in three who try cigarettes get addicted, and a majority of those who ... A high tobacco tax is an effective health policy; kudos to Minnesota's elected ...

Letter: NDQuits wins a commendation
In-Forum - July 17, 2013

I would like to commend those with NDQuits on finding a creative way to reach a tobacco at risk community!

ND Anti-Smoking Effort Targets Gay Pride Festival
EDGEOnTheNet - July 17, 2013

A division of North Dakota's Health Department that aims to help smokers quit is ... health conference in Fargo and an expo for oil workers in Minot, she said.

EDITORIAL: Application of anti-smoking funds not outlandish
Dickinson (ND) Press - July 17, 2013

Purists of the council’s ilk might wag a finger, but such programs evolved from long-standing public policy, and ND Quits is operating within the same ethic. Oh, and by the way, those partnerships ... work. The money is well spent.

Forum editorial: Take deep breath and relax
In-Forum - July 15, 2013

Some folks in North Dakota are in a snit because anti-smoking funds are being used to promote the cause at specific events, such as the Fargo-Moorhead gay pride festival. They should take a deep breath, preferably at a nearby smoke-free bar, and calm down.

ND anti-smoking effort targets gay pride festival
Beaumont Enterprise - July 15, 2013

FARGO, N.D. (AP) A division of North Dakota's Health Department that aims to help smokers quit is putting $2,500 toward reaching people at a gay pride ...

ND anti-smoking effort targets gay pride festival; expenditure ...
The Tribune - July 15, 2013

ND anti-smoking effort targets gay pride festival; expenditure questioned by 1 official ... FARGO, North Dakota A division of North Dakota's Health Department that ... health conference in Fargo and an expo for oil workers in Minot, she said.

ND putting $2500 in anti-smoking funds toward participation at gay pride festival
Grand Forks Herald - July 15, 2013

BISMARCK A division of North Dakota's health department that aims to help smokers quit is putting $2,500 toward a gay pride festival in Fargo later this ...

ND anti-smoking effort targets gay pride festival
Grand Forks Herald - July 15, 2013

A division of North Dakota's Health Department that aims to help smokers quit is putting $2,500 toward reaching people at a gay pride festival in Fargo later this summer, raising questions about whether public money should be used to support specific causes.

North Dakota anti-smoking effort targets gay pride festival
Bismarck Tribune July 15, 2013

A division of North Dakota's Health Department that aims to help smokers quit is putting $2,500 toward reaching people at a gay pride festival in Fargo later this summer, raising questions about whether public money should be used to support specific causes.

North Dakota puts $2500 in anti-smoking funds toward Fargo pride ...
In-Forum - July 14, 2013

BISMARCK A division of North Dakota's health department that aims to help smokers quit is putting $2,500 toward a gay pride festival in Fargo later this ...

Letter: Thoreson fronts for Big Tobacco
INFORUM July 13, 2013

In a recent letter to the editor, Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, criticized a Grand Forks physician for not supporting his support for e-cigarettes. Actually, Thoresons push was not supported by anyone in the Legislature, but you gotta give him points for keeping at it. The push today is from those supporting a Harm Reduction Strategy, which includes Thoreson. This push kind of sneaks in the door as its supported by some of the Big Tobacco folks. Their theory is that we have failed to get everyone in the world to quit using tobacco, so why not try some products that may have less risk. They often recommend the e-cigarette as well as some smokeless tobacco products.

Letter: Thoreson did not tell the full story
INFORUM July 13, 2013

The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks. State Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, that is.
In last Sundays (July 7) Forum, Thoreson oozed indignation over Dr. Eric Johnsons 2-months-old public debunking of Thoresons failed resolution touting the discredited, unproven tobacco harms reduction scheme. Thoreson testily asserted he never had any affiliations with the out-of-state special-interest groups referenced in Johnsons May letter, but I think he forgot about ALEC. Disingenuously named, the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council is a corporate bill mill. It connects corporate lobbyists and right-wing politicians behind closed doors where they craft ALEC model legislation serving corporate interests over the interests of ordinary Americans. The bills get introduced in statehouses nationwide (after being stripped of their ALEC origin).

Valerie Schoepf, Bismarck, ND, letter: For North Dakotans' sake ...
Grand Forks Herald - July 13, 2013

BISMARCK Minnesota just raised its cigarette tax by $1.60 per pack, leaving me in envy our neighbors efforts to help people quit smoking. High cigarette prices and noticeable price hikes (like Minnesotas recent increase) prevent young people from getting hooked and help current smokers kick the habit. Thats good. One in three who try cigarettes get addicted, and a majority of those who smoke want to quit. In other words, a high tobacco tax is an effective health policy. Kudos to Minnesotas elected leadership for recognizing that and investing in this prevention strategy. By contrast, North Dakota ranks as one of the best states for cheap tobacco. North Dakotas tobacco tax is outrageously low at a mere 44 cents per pack the 46th lowest cigarette tax in the nation.

RYAN BAKKEN: New, desirable norm
Cooperstown leads way with smokeless chew ban
Grand Forks Herald - July 9, 2013

Usually, cultural change in North Dakota starts in the bigger cities and seeps down to less populated towns. That isnt necessarily the case when it comes to tobacco, however. Earlier this year, Cooperstown, N.D., a town of about 1,000 people in Griggs County, passed a tobacco ban in its city park. The ban includes the use of smokeless tobacco.

Letter: Use all anti-tobacco strategies
In-Forum - July 6, 2013

Several weeks ago, a letter from Dr. Eric Johnson appeared in The Forum in which Johnson made inaccurate accusations regarding a resolution I introduced in the 2013 North Dakota Legislature aimed at reducing the risk of death and disease among smokers. By attempting to distort my motives and tie me to special-interest groups with which I have never had any affiliations, the letters author distracted from what should be a productive conversation.

Jessica Hoppe, Horace, N.D., letter: Emphasize tobacco prevention as well as cessation
Grand Forks Herald - July 2, 2013

Id like to commend Minnesota on its July 1 tobacco-tax increase of $1.60. And I certainly hope North Dakota steps it up and follows soon.

Red River Valley Fair limits smoking to three designated areas
Inforum - July 1, 2013

WEST FARGO This years Red River Valley Fair here will be smoke-free.

No Smoking For Most of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds
Valley News Live - July 1, 2013

Valley News team's Eric Crest explains there's one more smoking change taking hold at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in North Dakota. Today it really isn't ...

As Minnesota cigarette tax spikes, Moorhead retailers feel the burn
Inforum - July 1, 2013

MOORHEAD The cheapest pack of cigarettes at Bradys Service Center located off Interstate 94 here jumped to $6.50 on Monday, the first day of a new per-pack tax increase in Minnesota.

Local stores on both sides of the river see cigarette tax effect
Grand Forks Herald - July 1, 2013

The new Minnesota cigarette tax increase went into effect Monday, and while that ... An increase in taxes on cigarettes started today in Minnesota. photo by Eric ... tax also includes other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and cigars.

Letter: ND tobacco tax should be raised
INFORUM - June 29, 2013

As the mother of a 14- and 10-year-old, I would like to commend Minnesota on its July 1 tobacco tax increase of $1.60, and I certainly hope North Dakota will step it up and follow soon.

Letter: Money is wasted on smoking ads
INFORUM - June 29, 2013

I have a few questions for the North Dakota Department of Health regarding its ND Quits campaign.

City asked to pass smoking ordinance
Williston Daily Herald - June 27, 2013

Among the many agenda items up for discussion before the Williston City Commission on Tuesday night was a proposed ordinance that got people thinking ...

Companies at Minn.-ND border critical of taxes
Jamestown Sun - June 11, 2013

Minnesota businesses along the North Dakota border say hikes in Minnesotas property, sales, gas and cigarette taxes are making it nearly impossible for them to compete with businesses across the state line.

Smoking, cooking top causes of fires in Fargo-Moorhead
INFORUM June 9, 2013

Smoking materials were the top known cause of residential fires in Fargo during the past five years, and the percentage of fires that happened in apartments was notably higher in Fargo than in Moorhead during that time, statistics show.

Letter: Cigarettes kill more than wars do
INFORUM - May, 30, 2013

As I write this, Im looking at a Forum editorial reminding me to take time to honor the war dead, and in my heart and head, I do that. Im writing this after Memorial Day as I would not want to take one bit of respect away from the brave soldiers who have defended our country. The war couldnt kill him; the memories couldnt kill him; working six to seven days a week couldnt kill him. Cigarettes did! He was tough but not tough enough. He died from his addiction to smoking cigarettes. So as we honor those who fought for our countrys freedom, lets take a moment to honor those who fought addictions fed by serving in the military, among other places.

Different paths to tobacco rules
Bismarck Tribune May 28, 2013

Keeping playgrounds free from tobacco…

Letter: Careless, reckless legislative assembly
INFORUM - May 20, 2013

Now that the North Dakota Legislature has closed a record-setting 80-day assembly, I'd like to review the apparent lack of concern shown by the super-majority Republicans for a number of public health issues. … Abortion restrictions weren't the only area in health-related legislation where special interests were in play, as tobacco proponents nearly derailed a popular smoke-free law and funding for tobacco prevention and control. Both of these issues were settled on by the voters in 2012, when two-thirds of voters voted for smoke-free legislation to reduce the harm of secondhand smoke; and in 2008, when the people passed Measure 3 to keep tobacco settlement dollars at work in tobacco disease prevention. Recent polling showed even more popular support for these public health laws, but that didn't keep Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, from promoting House Concurrent Resolution 3033. This resolution, put together at the behest of tobacco special interests from outside of North Dakota, was to consider the ridiculous proposition of "harm reduction." Basically, this is promotion of other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco to get people off of cigarettes, ignoring the fact that many medically safe tobacco cessation products are already FDA approved. The only people testifying in committee in favor of HCR 3033 were Thoreson and a dentist from Kentucky. It's apparent that Republican legislators are more interested in serving special interests from outside the state in critical areas of health care than listening to voters and North Dakota health care providers, or just following the law. In the next election cycle, hopefully the voters will again do the right thing at the polls and remove those who don't care about the will of North Dakotans.

We don’t need moral crusaders
Bismarck Tribune – May 20, 2013

The smoking ban for bars has had unintentional consequences. Or were they? As a bar owner, I am trying to recover from the smoking ban on bars — not because people can’t smoke in my bar anymore, but because of all the “extras” in the law that make it impossible for me to make anyone who smokes in any way comfortable. Customers must be 20 feet from any doors, windows or air intake to smoke. Fine. However, any structure to help keep smokers out of the elements can only be 33 percent enclosed. Considering every wall constitutes 25 percent, there is no way to come to 33 percent. I can’t even put a fence around my back lot for a beer garden, because both sides of the fence constitute 50 percent and even without a roof, it does not comply with state smoking laws. I could cover the entire lot if I wanted with no problem from the Health Department. I just can’t put a fence around it. I guess we don’t have wind in North Dakota. We, as bar owners, restaurant owners, and any business who want our rights back need to challenge this law. I, for one, did not put my hard- earned money and sweat into this business to see “moral crusaders” try to push more laws that only regulate me and mine. …

Unintended consequences
Minot Daily News - May 19, 2013

The smoking ban for bars has had unintentional consequences, or were they? As a bar owner I am trying to recover from the smoking ban on bar.

Open for business: North Dakota billboards lampoon Minnesota ...
The Republic - May 17, 2013

FARGO, North Dakota North Dakota is promoting its business climate at Minnesota's expense. The Greater North Dakota Chamber has created billboards that mock decisions made this session by the Minnesota Legislature, including bills that raise taxes on income and consumer products like tobacco, gas and beer.

Smoking banned on Bismarck's playgrounds
Bismarck Tribune - May 17, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a 5-0 vote on Thursday, the Bismarck Park Board took swift action to ban smoking on the 44 playgrounds and play areas it manages. People must step 20 feet away from the playground before they light up.

New tobacco limits fail in Mandan parks
Bismarck Tribune May 14, 2013

Two attempts to tighten tobacco limits in Mandans park system failed Monday. In the end, the Mandan Park Board voted to support keeping several locations where tobacco is already banned by park staff. The Go! Bismarck Mandan Coalition in April proposed that tobacco use be banned in all playgrounds in the district. Based on survey results and comments, Parks and Recreation Director Cole Higlin proposed prohibiting tobacco use everywhere but in parking lots and the golf courses on Mandan park property.

Oysters! JT Cigarro Grille & Lounge offers a Fargo first
INFORUM - May, 14, 2013

FARGO JT Cigarro is bringing a touch of seafood to the North Dakota prairie. A few weeks ago, the bar opened its new JT Cigarro Grille & Lounge, which includes the areas only oyster and martini bar. On the menu are unique offerings such as raw oysters but also plenty of other regular grill options. The Grille & Lounge is located in JT Cigarros former smoking room, which closed earlier this winter when Prody took over. Prody says he saw the new kitchen and grill as a better use of the space in the building. The cigar sales werent a real good utilization of the real estate. The food is a better partner with the bar, he says, though he added that cigars are still available for purchase but must be smoked outside.

No butts about it: Arrival of spring means its time to clean up the streets
INFORUM - April, 30, 2013

FARGO - The Big Sweep is coming. Downtown, particularly along Broadway, will be getting extra attention for the next few days as city and Downtown Community Partnership crews clear a winters worth of cigarette butts, mini booze bottles, broken glass, wrappers and sand from the sidewalks, streets and gutters.

Letter: Smoking law shows North Dakotans care
INFORUM - April 28, 2013

Congratulations to North Dakota for enacting a statewide smoking law. I am a Republican conservative and business owner, and I agree with this law.

Anti-tobacco funding restored
Dickinson (ND) Press - April 27, 2013

After two failed attempts, House lawmakers passed a bill to fund the Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee. Senate Bill 2024 was defeated by one vote Thursday, and an attempt to reconsider it later did not garner enough support. ...

House rejects tobacco prevention budget
Bismarck Tribune April 26, 2013

SB2024 has a budget of $15.8 million and called for three new employees. House Majority Leader Al Carlson says it will be reconsidered Friday.

Vote sends message to tobacco committee
INFORUM April 26, 2013

BISMARCK House lawmakers shot down two attempts Thursday to fund the Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee.

House vote sends message to tobacco committee
Grand Forks Herald April 26, 2013

BISMARCK -- House lawmakers shot down two attempts Thursday to fund the Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee.

House vote sends message to tobacco community
Dickinson Press - April 26, 2013

Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo, said the vote should be seen as a message by the Legislature to the committee, which he thinks is not being run properly or spending its funds wisely. ...

Williston suspends liquor licenses at strip clubs
INFORUM – April 25, 2013

WILLISTON, N.D. – City commissioners here suspended the liquor licenses of Williston’s two strip clubs, which police say are causing excessive calls for disorderly behavior. … The recent law banning smoking inside bars has pushed more customers outside, where they can’t be monitored by bouncers, said Jared Holbrook, operations manager for Heartbreakers. “The rate of crime has came up since then,” Holbrook said. “We’re doing everything that we can to stop it, but we’re not going to go outside and monitor it on the public streets.” ...

Smoke-free signs required in ND
INFORUM – April, 24, 2013

FARGO – North Dakota’s new smoke-free law requires that all enclosed public places and places of employment must post smoke-free signs.

Letter: Put public health first on agenda
INFORUM April 18, 2013

In 2007, Minnesota passed the Freedom to Breathe Act to further protect Minnesotans from secondhand smoke exposure. Local government ordinances can enact and enforce more stringent measures to protect individuals from secondhand smoke and many communities, including Minneapolis and Mankato, have done so, recognizing that hookah lounges do much more than the intent of sampling and are taking advantage of and misinterpreting state law. As Moorhead City Council reviews its tobacco ordinance, I hope that it looks out for the health of the community members who live here and not simply the requests of individual businesses looking to manipulate the state law.

Molly Soeby, Grand Forks, letter: In parks, ‘tobacco free’ should be the norm
Grand Forks Herald - April, 17, 2013

I’d like to take this opportunity to share some insight into my views and to correct what I believe is a misrepresentation of my position.

JT Cigarro adds oyster bar
INFORUM April 16, 2013

FARGO JT Cigarro here is adding a new grill as well the areas first oyster and martini bar, with a re-grand opening event set for 4:30 p.m. today. The JT Cigarro Grille and Oyster & Martini bar will offer a wide variety of menu items and a full service bar, and is located where the establishments smoking room used to be, according to Promotions Manager Kate Ellison.

Letter: Apartment owner has responsibility
INFORUM - April, 14, 2013

Here it comes again. Smoking material in an apartment causes the deaths of Jesse Daniel Madson and his girlfriend, Angela Wentz. … Apartment building owners, does this not raise your insurance rates? If not, it should. Apartment housing should be made smoke-free. Tell your tenants and any new tenants that this is a smoke-free establishment, and enforce it. Why should their lives be in jeopardy or their apartments lost due to smoke and fire from a careless smoker? Discrimination, you say? Why is that any different than “no pets allowed”? …

Mandan Park Board delays decision on tobacco-free playgrounds
Bismarck Tribune - April 9, 2013

Five months after voters banned smoking in all public buildings in the state, the Mandan Park Board decided to hold off until May 13 on deciding whether to make its public playgrounds tobacco-free. …

Official: Smoking materials caused deadly Fargo apartment fire
Bismarck Tribune - April 9, 2013

Fire Marshal Norman Scott says the smoking materials ignited combustible materials nearby during the Saturday fire. …

Cause of Saturday's fatal fire in Fargo was ‘smoking materials’
INFORUM – April 8, 2013

FARGO – Fargo Fire Marshal Norman Scott said in a statement Monday that he has confirmed “smoking materials” ignited nearby combustibles to cause a fatal fire at a south Fargo apartment building Saturday. …

Letter: North Dakota e-cig study should be tossed in trash
INFORUM – April 8, 2013

The North Dakota House of Representatives supported HCR 3033 by only one vote, and it now awaits action in the 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.” After providing written testimony in the House Human Services Committee hearing, I want to provide the public with some background as well. “Harm reduction strategy” encourages the use of smokeless tobacco and e-cigs, both of which are non-FDA approved products, as substitutes for traditional cigarettes. Support for this bill was provided by a Kentucky dentist, Dr. Brad Rodu, who works with the Heartland Institute, a group that works directly with the tobacco industry to promote this kind of activity. Yes, the tobacco industry is in favor of HRS because it encourages the use of their nicotine products in place of proven, effective cessation products. …

Letter: Arrogant, petty ‘leaders' embarrass North Dakota
INFORUM – April 7, 2013

Look at the history of inaction by the North Dakota Legislature: … The Legislature refused multiple times to pass a smoking ban, instead ducking the issue by waiting until the people they represent passed an initiated measure with 66 percent of voter approval. With such a large margin of success for the measure, it seems logical that legislators must have had some idea of citizen attitudes on this issue, yet they ignored it. …

OUR OPINION: Park District should leave ‘snus’-users alone
Grand Forks Herald – April 7, 2013

As flat as it is, Grand Forks seems to be home to at least one very slippery slope. And testing their footing on the slope’s snow-and-ice-slicked surface right now are members of the Grand Forks Park Board, who are debating whether to ban chewing tobacco from areas of Grand Forks’ outdoor parks. …

Study on use of tobacco rejected
Bismarck Tribune – April 5, 2013

A resolution calling for a study of the theory that it could be useful to use non-traditional forms of tobacco to get people off cigarettes was killed Thursday. …

Mike Peterson, Grand Forks, letter: Where choice stops and coercion begins
Grand Forks Herald - April 5, 2013

Amid the mountain of criticism for the three recent pro-life bills signed by the governor, it turns out that progressive-leaning people don’t really believe in choice at all. Sure, they argue for the “choice” to kill somebody else or of who can marry who, but when it comes down to it, progressives believe in choice only so far as it suits their agenda ­ which makes them no better or worse than social conservatives. When I saw the Herald story headlined, “Grand Forks parks may ban chewing tobacco,” my ears perked. Grand Forks Park Board Commissioner Molly Soeby, like most progressives these days, wants to tell you what you can and cannot do with your body. Such as chewing tobacco. Or drinking soda. Or drinking alcohol. Or anything else deemed “unhealthy” by the State, for that matter. …

Smoke-Free Living
KMOT - April 3, 2013

During this Public Health Week, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is providing resources on living smoke-free. Treatment specialists say if you smoke, it’s ...

Grand Forks parks may ban chewing tobacco
Grand Forks Herald - April, 03, 2013

Grand Forks outdoor parks have areas where smoking is banned, courtesy of Measure 8 in November. Grand Forks Park Board Commissioner Molly Soeby wants to extend that ban to all varieties of tobacco.

Kathy Lundeen, Grand Forks, N.D., letter: Authorities take away more and more choices
Grand Forks Herald – April 2, 2013

Regarding the recent story about certain snacks being removed from concession stands (“Mixing in a salad ­ whether you noticed or not,” Page A1, March 25) … The article also indicated that smoking now is prohibited in parks. Will the next rule limit eating, drinking and smoking in your own home? …

HC 3033: Do not pass
Minot Daily News - March 31, 2013

The N.D. House of Representatives supported HCR 3033 by only one vote, and it now awaits action in the N.D. Senate. HCR 3033 is a resolution to study the feasibility of promoting the use of smokeless tobacco as well as newer products like electronic cigarettes as safe alternatives to cigarette smoking under the title of a "harm reduction strategy." …

Dayton hears about smoking border battle
Red Wing (MN) Republican Eagle - March 29, 2013

MOORHEAD, Minn. ­ Frank Orton made sure Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton understands problems he faces in competing against North Dakota stores. “Minnesota must not adopt a tax policy that makes our businesses unable to compete,” Orton wrote in a letter to Dayton in connection with a Monday night Moorhead town hall meeting. “At times those of us on the Minnesota-North Dakota (line) feel like we are playing with the deck completely stacked against us. At some point the economics will be as such that we just quit playing the game.” …

ND measure reimburses smoking ban costs
Jamestown Sun - March 26, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ­ North Dakota lawmakers have endorsed a bill that would reimburse business owners for signage incurred from a new statewide smoking ban. North Dakota's Senate unanimously passed the bill on Monday. The House passed the measure earlier. ...

ND measure provides smoking ban signage
INFORUM – March 26, 2013

BISMARCK ­ North Dakota lawmakers have endorsed a bill that would provide signage for business owners to help them comply with a new statewide smoking ban. ...

ND measure reimburses business owners for smoking ban costs
INFORUM – March 26, 2013

BISMARCK ­ North Dakota lawmakers have endorsed a bill that would reimburse business owners for signage incurred from a new statewide smoking ban. …

ND measure reimburses smoking ban costs
Minot Daily News - March 26, 2013

BISMARCK (AP) ­ North Dakota lawmakers have endorsed a bill that would reimburse business owners for signage incurred from a new statewide smoking ban. …

Senate OKs smoking measures
Bismarck Tribune - March 26, 2013

The North Dakota Senate voted unanimously Monday in favor of a pair of bills dealing with compliance with the state’s public smoking ban. …

E-Cigarette Safety
KFYR-TV - March 25, 2013

…"It’s cut my cigarette intake from a pack a day to less than a half a pack a day in less than a week already," said e-cigarette user Jesse White. White says he likes that he can smoke inside, and eliminates second-hand smoke exposure since it is just vapor that he inhales and exhales. The North Dakota Health Department is concerned by the industry’s purported claim that the e-cigarette is a safer alternative to smoking. Although there’s no tobacco, users are still taking in addictive nicotine and many users are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes. "Some of those cartridges can have anywhere from 500 to 1000 milligrams of nicotine in them. And for an adult, 50 mg is near fatal," said North Dakota Health Promotion Coordinator Kara Dodds. …

Douse unproven ways to quit smoking
Jay Taylor, a respiratory therapist from Durbin writes in about smoking
Grand Forks Herald - March, 25, 2013

DURBIN, N.D. ­ The North Dakota House supported House Continuing Resolution 3033 by only one vote, and it now awaits action in the state Senate. HCR 3033 is a resolution to study the feasibility of promoting smokeless tobacco (snus and chew) as well as newer products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) as safe alternatives to cigarette smoking under the title of a “harm reduction strategy.” After providing written testimony in the House Human Services Committee hearing, I want to provide the public with some background as well. Harm reduction strategy encourages the use of smokeless tobacco and e-cigs, neither of which are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as substitutes for traditional cigarettes. Support for this bill was provided by a Kentucky dentist, Dr. Brad Rodu, who works with the Heartland Institute, a group that works directly with the tobacco industry to promote this kind of activity. Yes, the tobacco industry is in favor of HRS because it encourages the use of their nicotine products in place of proven, effective cessation products. …

ND lawmakers pass roll-your-own smokes tax measure
Bismarck Tribune – March 21, 2013

North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill that requires commercial roll-your-own cigarette machine owners to register their equipment and pay the same taxes as name-brand packaged smokes. … The measure redefines cigarettes and list businesses that use the commercial rolling machines as tobacco manufacturers. …

ND lawmakers pass roll-your-own smokes tax measure
Jamestown Sun-March 20, 2013

North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill that requires commercial roll-your-own cigarette machine owners to register their equipment and pay the same taxes ...

Steele ‘Kick Butts’ anti-smoking day Wednesday
Bismarck Tribune – March 18, 2013

Kidder County Steele Elementary School is taking part in the national Kick Butts Day, an anti-tobacco effort Wednesday. …

Paula Thomsen, Valley City, N.D. letters: Stop second-guessing N.D.’s anti-smoking votes
Grand Forks Herald - March, 16, 2013

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ­ 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 trying 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. …

Tobacco Free N.D. poll shows strong support for smoke-free laws
Minot Daily News - March 11, 2013

BISMARCK – A statewide poll commissioned by Tobacco Free North Dakota reflects even stronger support as of March 6, 2013, for both the smoke-free law and for Measure 3, each passed by initiated...

Study: Smoking bans had no economic impact in Grand Forks
Grand Forks Herald – March 6, 2013

Grand Forks restaurant and bar sales were unaffected by two smoking bans approved in the past decade, according to a new economic study. Instead, outside factors such as growth in Grand Forks’ economy and a strengthened Canadian dollar pointed to an increase in restaurant and bar sales. …

Smoking bans had no economic impact
Dickinson (ND) Press - Mar 6, 2013

Restaurant and bar sales in the city were unaffected by two smoking bans approved in the past decade, according to a new economic impact study. “Neither benefited or were hurt by the legislation,” University of North Dakota economics professor Cullen Goe

Healthier Me: GF Tobacco Free Coalition Releases Economic Impact Study
KVLY TV 11 (Fargo, ND) - Mar 6, 2013

In Tuesday's Healthier Me, the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition has released the results of a study that shows recent smoking restrictions have had no adverse effect on businesses in Grand Forks. The study was conducted by Dr. Cullen F. Goenner, Profe

Study: Smoking bans had no economic impact
Prairie Business-March 6, 2013

The state banned smoking in restaurants in 2005 and the city banned smoking in ... When controlling for the outside factors, the study concluded neither ban ...

Grand Forks smoking bans had no economic impact, study finds
In-Forum-March 5, 2013

GRAND FORKS - Restaurant and bar sales in the city were unaffected by two smoking bans approved in the past decade, according to a new economic impact ...

Council delays arts money in disagreement over rules
Deciding the fate of $11,300 in arts grant funding for five organizations was put on hold by the Grand Forks City Council on Monday
Grand Forks Herald – March 4, 2013

Other news - Cullen Goenner, an economics professor at UND, presented his study of 2005 and 2010 antismoking legislation’s economic impact on Grand Forks to the council. Its findings concluded legislation from both years had no impact on restaurant or bar sales in the city. The study was sponsored by the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition and can be found on its website at http://www.tobaccobytes.com.

5 Dickinson businesses see tobacco license suspended for non-compliance
Dickinson (ND) Press - Feb 27, 2013

In a first for the area, five Dickinson businesses found to be selling tobacco out of compliance with state laws had to tell their tobacco-purchasing customers to go somewhere else on Saturday. That’s because a city ordinance passed last fall by ...

The best way to protect your heart is to stop smoking
Williston Daily Herald - February 21, 2013

February is American Heart Month, and the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy and the North Dakota Department of Health are teaming up to raise awareness on how tobacco use impacts heart disease. … “Smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke triggers a buildup of plaque in your arteries and increases the risk of blood clots forming,” Harper said. …

VIDEO: Chew Tobacco Use Target of Great American Spit Out
KVLY TV 11 (Fargo, ND) - February 21, 2013

Officials with the department's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program encourage
chew-tobacco users to get help with quitting during Thursday's Great American Spit Out. ...

Johnson, E.L.; Beal, J.R., "Impact of a comprehensive smoke-free law following a partial smoke-free law on incidence of heart attacks at a rural community hospital," Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(3): 745-747, March 2013.

Conclusions: We found an implementation of the comprehensive smoke-free law was associated with a decrease in the heart attack rate. The heart attack rate decreased 30.6%. Our finding was similar to previous community level smoke-free law implementation studies and notable for the change going from a partial smoke-free law to a comprehensive smoke- free law.

Smoking law enforcement
Minot Daily News February 17, 2013

Dr. Eric L. Johnson, Grand Forks North Dakotans spoke loud and clear in November to create smoke-free workplaces and public place. ...

Jessica Hoppe, Horace ND. Letters: Lawmakers still plot, but not in smoke-filled rooms
Grand Forks Herald – February 13, 2013

HORACE, N.D. ­ 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 trying to undo what 67 percent of us have done. …

Eric Johnson, Grand Forks ND. Letters: Sign of times: 'Leave smoke-free law alone’
Grand Forks Herald - February 13, 2013

GRAND FORKS - 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. A few of them are claiming that posting signs in compliance with these laws is “too costly to business owners,” but that’s just blatantly untrue. …

Trying to make sense out of law
Bismarck Tribune – February 8, 2013

House Bill 1253: A bill for an Act to amend and reenact sections 23-12-10.4 and 23-42-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to reimbursement of costs incurred in complying with smoking restrictions in public places and places of employment. … As a non-smoker who has difficulty understanding one group oppressing another group, I ponder: The taxpayers voted this draconian law into place. They wanted smoking banned statewide, so why shouldn’t taxpayers help with the costs? …

North Dakota House snuffs cigarette bills
Feb 5, 2013 AP - Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota House has defeated a measure to increase the state's cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to $1.

Fargo OKs transfer of JT Cigarro liquor license
INFORUM – February 5, 2013

FARGO – Police and city leaders say they’ll be keeping a close eye on the new ownership at JT Cigarro. The Fargo City Commission unanimously approved on Monday night the transfer of the liquor license from the south Fargo bar’s previous owner Dana Coulter to new owners Barrett Prody and Kevin Mahan. But commissioners and Police Chief Keith Ternes had two stipulations for the transfer – that Prody and Mahan keep their criminal records clean, and that they comply fully with the statewide smoking ban. …

LaFAIVE: Smuggling Undermines Tobacco Tax Hike Goals
Mackinac Center for Public Policy - February 4, 2013

Higher taxes to curb cigarette smoking are probably not as influential as some believe and they often come with every manner of unintended consequence. When considering this excise tax hike proposal it would be wise for state lawmakers to consider all of ...

Ryan Bakken: The perfect tax plan
INFORUM – February 4, 2013

GRAND FORKS - Last week, a Grand Forks legislator proposed to more than double the state tax on cigarettes. I agree. Why? Because I don’t smoke, so it wouldn’t cost me a cent. In fact, it likely would lower my tax share indirectly. …

North Dakota anti-tobacco group names new director
Grand Forks Herald – February 3, 2013

A North Dakota anti-tobacco group has named a new director. The Bismarck-based group says Erin Hill-Oban will head Tobacco Free North Dakota. …

Ryan Bakken: The perfect tax plan
Grand Forks Herald – February 3, 2013

GRAND FORKS - Last week, a Grand Forks legislator proposed to more than double the state tax on cigarettes. I agree. Why? Because I don’t smoke, so it wouldn’t cost me a cent. In fact, it likely would lower my tax share indirectly. …

The week that was: Up In Smoke
Minot Daily News - February 3, 2013

Rep. Elliot Glassheim wants to help North Dakotans quit smoking. The Grand Forks Democrat thinks a good way to do that is to boost the state’s cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to $ …

Minot AFB Kicking Smoking in the Butt
KFYR-TV – January 31, 2013

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco is the number one cause of death in the United States. More than 400-thousand Americans die every year from tobacco-related diseases. But, at Minot Air Force Base, they`re trying to lower that number on base through a tobacco cessation program. From physical training to practice drills, Minot Air Force Base wants healthy airmen. And, for some, that means saying no to tobacco. …

Proposal would increase tax on cigarettes in North Dakota; bill backer is former smoker
AP - Associated Press - January 29, 2013

Rep. Eliot Glassheim says he quit smoking cigarettes when the cost a pack rose by a dime decades ago. The Grand Forks Democrat says increased taxes on a pack of smokes should help people kick the habit. ...

Former smoking lawmaker wants tax increase
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News-January 30, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker and former smoker wants to ... The Grand Forks Democrat said he quit smoking when the cost of a pack rose ...

ND measure would bump tax for pack of cigarettes
Minot Daily News-January 30, 2013

The groups estimate that about 20 percent of adults in North Dakota smoke cigarettes, and about 800 people die annually in the state from smoking-related ...

ND measure would bump tax for pack of cigarettes
Grand Forks Herald - January, 29, 2013

A North Dakota lawmaker and former smoker is sponsoring a bill that would increase state tax on a pack of cigarettes from 44 cents to $1.

Don’t be fooled by Big Tobacco
Bismarck Tribune – January 28, 2013

I hope the North Dakota Legislature doesn’t make a fool of itself and fall for the latest ploy by the tobacco industry and its allies to divert funds from the state’s Tobacco Prevention and Policy Program.

Fargo's JT Cigarro changing ownership
New owner says heated smoking shack on way, restaurant coming
INFORUM - January, 24, 2013

FARGO – It appeears the smoke is beginning to clear at JT Cigarro. A new owner is coming to the south Fargo bar and cigar lounge, and he told The Forum ...

Businesses are paying for the new smoking ban
WDAY-Jan 24, 2013

Businesses are paying for the new smoking ban. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- New signs are on the way, after Voters in November decided they wanted the state to ...

North Dakota measure would reimburse smoking ban costs
WDAY-Jan 23, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill that would reimburse business owners for signage and other potential costs incurred ...

ND measure would reimburse smoking ban costs
Prairie Business-Jan 24, 2013

Lawmakers banned smoking in most public workplaces in 2005. Some North Dakota cities went further by banning smoking in bars. The statewide ban passed ...

ND measure would reimburse smoking ban costs
Jamestown Sun-Jan 23, 2013

North Dakota's anti-smoking agency on Wednesday protested a proposal by ... Jeanne Prom, director of the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and ...

Smoking Law Costs
KQCD-Jan 23, 2013

When the statewide smoking ban went into effect, some business owners say ... to smoking huts, which are banned under the new law, were never guaranteed.

North Dakota measure would reimburse smoking ban costs
Bismarck Tribune-Jan 23, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's anti-smoking agency on Wednesday protested ... North Dakota had a limited ban on smoking for seven years until November ...

North Dakota measure would reimburse businesses for costs ...
The Republic-Jan 23, 2013

BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's anti-smoking agency on Wednesdayy protested a proposal by lawmakers to have the state reimburse business ...

Anti-smoking agency protests ND bill to reimburse smoking ban costs
Dickinson Press-Jan 23, 2013

BISMARCK — North Dakota's anti-smoking agency on Wednesdday protested a proposal by lawmakers to have the state reimburse business owners for signage ...

North Dakota Gets High Marks for Smoking Prevention
WDAZ-Jan 24, 2013

The state of Minnesota received a failing grade when it comes to programs to prevent smokers from lighting up. But on the other side of the river, North Dakota is ...

Bar owner likely won't be sued over smoking ban
Fargo (ND) InForum - Jan 19, 2013

According to a WDAY-TV report, the State's Attorney's Office said it's being patient with Dana Coulter, owner of JT Cigarro, because Coulter is close to selling the business. Sources told WDAY that a deal is in the works and the business will soon chang

ND lawmakers mull roll-your-own cigarettes bill
AP - Associated Press - January 17, 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. ...

ND lawmakers mull roll-your-own cigarettes bill
Grand Forks (ND) Herald - January 17, 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. ...

ND lawmakers mull roll-your-own smokes bill
INFORUM - January, 16, 2013

BISMARCK ­ 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. …

ND smoking ban boosts tobacco control grades
INFORUM - January, 16, 2013

BISMARCK ­ 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 smoking ban boosts tobacco control grades
Rapid City Journal-January 16, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. | The passage by North Dakota voters last November of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban has boosted the state's grades in an annual ...

North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week
Grand Forks Herald – January 14, 2013

Lawmakers settled in for North Dakota's 63rd legislative session in Bismarck last week, listening to Gov. Jack Dalrymple's vision for the oil-rich but infrastructure-challenged state. …

North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week
Bismarck Tribune – January 14, 2013

Tax breaks for oil drillers, higher license fees for hunters and roll-your-own cigarette machines are among the issues before lawmakers.

North Dakota Legislature: What to watch this week
INFORUM - January, 13, 2013

BISMARCK – Lawmakers settled in for North Dakota’s 63rd legislative session in Bismarck last week, listening to Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s vision for the oil-rich but infrastructure-challenged state. …

Tobacco prevention campaign under way
Bismarck Tribune – January 12, 2013

Ads aimed at preventing tobacco use among teenagers are running on radio and TV. … The campaign highlights the $247 million spent on tobacco-related diseases by North Dakota taxpayers yearly. …

Judge upholds drug paraphernalia ban
Lawsuit filed on behalf of closed Moorhead store dismissed
INFORUM - January, 12, 2013

MOORHEAD – A U.S. District Court judge has upheld the city of Moorhead’s ban on selling and possessing drug paraphernalia, dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Moorhead businessman. …

Judge upholds drug paraphernalia ban
Grand Forks Herald - January, 11, 2013

MOORHEAD – A U.S. District Court judge has upheld the city of Moorhead’s ban on selling and possessing drug paraphernalia, dismissing a lawsuit filed by a Moorhead businessman. …

Smoking Shelters Violate New State Law
KQCD - January 9, 2013

The new statewide anti-public smoking ordinance went into effect in North Dakota on December 6th. And Bismarck city leaders say outside smoking shelters that were built to give smokers a place to light up are technically illegal. …

01/08/2013
Minot Daily News – January 8, 2013

Public Works and Safety Committee
When: Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Minot City Hall, council chambers, second floor, 515-2nd Ave. SW.
Agenda: The committee will consider … repealing the city's smoking ordinance due to a state ordinance …

Kicking the can: Smokeless tobacco often overlooked but also hard to quit
INFORUM – January 7, 2013

FARGO - North Dakota State University pharmacy student Paul Jilek said three years into his education, he’s already learned plenty about helping people give up smoking. …

Smokeless tobacco often overlooked but also hard to quit
Grand Forks Herald - January 7, 2013

North Dakota State University pharmacy student Paul Jilek said three years into his education, he’s already learned plenty about helping people give up smoking. …

Employees voice issues with county smoking ban
Pierce County (ND) Tribune - December 28, 2012

County employees voiced their issues on a ban on smoking on county grounds at the Pierce County Commission meeting on Dec. 18. Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center Administrator Mary Richard, Chief of Security ...

Letter: ND smoking ban not thought out
Fargo (ND) InForum - December 22, 2012

Where I work, the smoking area was down at the north end of the building where no one walked past – just the smokers were in our cage. Now that’s closed because part of the cage is within 20 feet of a nonpublic door, so everyone’s smoking 20 feet ...

Fargo business may face charges over 'loophole' in smoking ban
DL-Online - December 20, 2012

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 to continue smoking in a “members only” room through what he has called a “loophole” in the law. …

Fargo business may face charges over ‘loophole’ in smoking ban
Grand Forks Herald – December 20, 2012

A cigar lounge here that is attempting to skirt the statewide smoking ban may soon be facing legal action. …

Bismarck to fit its smoking ban with state law
Bismarck Tribune – December 14, 2012

The Bismarck City Commission Tuesday will introduce an ordinance to fit into the new statewide smoking ban. The city has a smoking ban for most public buildings, all bars, truck stops and smoke shops. The statewide ban took effect Dec. 6 and its restrictions are already being followed. City Attorney Charlie Whitman said Friday there won’t be significant adjustments to the city code. “There will be distant changes and some definitions to work with,” he said. He said that “butt huts” now closer than the 20-foot setback from the door required by the state may have to file for a variance from the city health board (city commission). …

Local law enforcement will be responsible for enforcement of state’s new smoke-free law
Kenmare News – December 13, 2012

Staff with the First District Health Unit Tobacco Prevention Program cannot enforce the state’s new smoke-free law, which went into effect December 6th. …

Letter: Majority voters not always right
INFORUM – December 14, 2012

Evidently, Chelsey Matter (Forum, Dec. 9) believes that anything voters pass must be good. As chairwoman of Smoke-Free North Dakota, she exults that a majority of voters supported her organization’s view that consenting adults can’t smoke on private property. …

Letter: All those vehicles are health hazards
INFORUM – December 13, 2012

Regarding this new anti-smoking law that recently passed: Smokers now have to move 20 feet from a door or intake in order to protect the health of the nonsmoking public, correct …

Letter: Anti-smoking crowd has gone way too far
INFORUM – December 13, 2012

Good for Tony Reinfeld (The Forum, Dec. 10) in which he requests permission to smoke “somewhere.” I’m a nonsmoker (more than 10 years, thank God) but I still support a smoker’s rights. …

Smoking ban effects [sic] public places
Tioga Tribune - December 11, 2012

A state-wide smoking ban that took effect last week applies to all public places, but bar owners and patrons on Thursday were making the biggest adjustments. …

Smokers making transition to new law
WDAY - December 11, 2012

A pleasant surprise for workers at Fargo-Cass Public Health: not one complaint over the smoking ban in its first weekend. …

Forum editorial: ‘Loophole’ nonsense get spurge
INFORUM – December 10, 2012

Leafy spurge: To business owners and others who are trying their hardest to circumvent North Dakota’s indoor smoking ban that went into effect last week. Apparently intent on manipulating the law, a few people are identifying “loopholes,” which, they say, permit indoor smoking in specific classifications of indoor spaces. Anti-smoking advocates see the exceptions differently and are in a wait-and-see mode regarding complaints and enforcement. Let’s hope complaints come soon, and that those charged with enforcement take the provisions of the law seriously. …

Letter: ND smoking debate is fueled by anger
INFORUM – December 10, 2012

Smoking. Even the word brings up anger. Even mentioning it now, some of you can feel your anger rise. There is a division between parties with no middle ground. …

Thanks a lot, non-smokers
Bismarck Tribune – December 10, 2012

I used to shop downtown Bismarck, but when the new no-smoking ordinance goes into effect, I probably will not anymore. Because of the new ordinance, you will not be allowed to walk down the sidewalks in downtown Bismarck or Mandan and smoke, because you cannot be 20 feet away from a public doorway. The sidewalks are not that wide. Why should I walk in the street if I want to have a cigarette while browsing stores downtown? …

RYAN BAKKEN: Smoking ban will broaden in Grand Forks parks
Grand Forks Herald - December 8, 2012

North Dakota's public smoking ban doesn't just cover the indoors. ... Grand Forks Park Board commissioners and other government officials are required to meet ...

Letter: ND voters clear about clearing air
In-Forum - December 8, 2012

The residents of North Dakota have clearly spoken, and they have chosen to clear the air. Measure 4 passed overwhelmingly, making almost all workplaces smoke free and saving countless lives in the process. Voters recognized that no one should have to put their health at risk in order to earn a paycheck. Measure 4 passed in every county throughout the state, sending a strong message that the protection of the public’s health is a priority. …

Letter: Vote a big step to improve health
In-Forum - December 8, 2012

Thanks to the voters of Cass County for choosing health.

Signs for New North Dakota No Smoking Law Available at ...
Melodika.net (press release) - December 8, 2012

North Dakota's revised smoking ban goes into effect this month. The new law prohibits smoking in most indoor workplaces including bars, tobacco shops, truck ...

As statewide ban goes into effect, patrons still smoking at Fargo business
Grand Forks (ND) Herald - December 8, 2012

…there’s still smoking inside the JT Cigarro building. Dana Coulter, owner of the cigar lounge and Skky Bar, told The Forum on Wednesday that he had discovered a “loophole” in the comprehensive smoking ban and was planning on letting customers continue to ...

Signs for New North Dakota No Smoking Law Available at ...
PR.com (press release) - December 7, 2012

North Dakota's revised smoking ban takes effect Dec. 6. ... It bans the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and requires people to be at least 20 feet away ...

Smoking ban hard to enforce
Minot Daily News - December 7, 2012

North Dakota's new, tougher smoking ban took effect Thursday, but plenty of ... The new law bans smoking in most public places, as well as in workplaces ...

As statewide ban goes into effect, patrons still smoking at JT Cigarro
In-Forum - December 6, 2012

FARGO – Despite a statewide ban that went into effect Thursday, there's still smoking inside the JT Cigarro building. Dana Coulter, owner of the cigar lounge ...

A Mapleton bar owner is already building his shed as the smoking ban takes effect
WDAY - December 6, 2012

The stiffer, statewide smoking ban is in effect. ... While some bar owners are tweaking a less strict smoking ban they already had in place, others are seeing a ...

ND Smoking Ban Begins
KFYR-TV - December 6, 2012

It`s the day many non-smokers have been anticipating and many smokers have been dreading. The statewide smoking ban, which voters approved last month, ...

Local businesses search for ways to get out of the smoking ban
WDAY - December 6, 2012

Local businesses search for ways to get out of the smoking ban. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's the day smokers and bar owners alike have been dreading in North ...

Smoking ban goes into effect
Williston Daily Herald - December 6, 2012

“One of the bars around here tried banning smoking once and it did not go well ... but with the new smoking ban, she expects to only go out about twice a week.

Fargo bar says it will exploit smoking ban ‘loophole’
Grand Forks Herald – December 6, 2012

The owner of JT Cigarro and Skky Bar believes he has a way to get around the state smoking ban that is effective today. Public health officials say not so fast.

New North Dakota smoking ban takes effect
Jamestown Sun - December 6, 2012

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 ...

Fargo bar says it will exploit smoking ban 'loophole'
DL-Online - December 6, 2012

Fargo bar says it will exploit smoking ban 'loophole'. FARGO – A local bar and cigar lounge owner here believes he has a way to get around the state smoking ...

Lights out: Smoking ban takes effect in public places
Jamestown Sun - December 6, 2012

Bars and hotels in Jamestown are making changes, or awaiting more information as the ban that will extinguish cigarettes in public places goes into effect today.

Dakotas rank high in funding of tobacco programs
Grand Forks Herald - December 6, 2012

BISMARCK ­ North Dakota ranks second in the nation and South Dakota eleventh in the funding of programs to prevent youth smoking and to help smokers ...

New North Dakota smoking ban takes effect
Valley News Live - December 6, 2012

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 ...

Smoking ban takes effect: What does it mean for local businesses ...
Minot Daily News - December 6, 2012

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly passed Measure 4, colloquially known as the ... Bars like Sidekicks in Minot will have to figure out ways to make smokers feel ... the city of Devils Lake, the city of Grand Forks all had local smoking bans that ...

JT Cigarro plans to keep puffing with ban ‘loophole’
INFORUM – December 5, 2012

FARGO – A local bar and cigar lounge owner here believes he has a way to get around the state smoking ban that is effective today. “They left one little loophole open, and we will be taking full advantage of that,” Dana Coulter, owner of JT Cigarro and Skky Bar, told The Forum on Wednesday. …

Bar owners prepare for smoking ban, enforced tomorrow
WDAY - December 5, 2012

Bar owners prepare for smoking ban, enforced tomorrow. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Bar owners across the state are gearing up before North Dakota's new ban ...

North Dakota's new smoking ban takes effect today. Are you happy with the new law?
Minot Daily News - December 5, 2012

Yes … No …

New smoke-free ban clears the air statewide
West Fargo Pioneer – December 5, 2012

Tomorrow will be a monumental day as North Dakota’s new smoke-free law takes effect, after two-thirds of North Dakotans voted in the general election Nov. 6 in support, making all public places smoke free. …

Smoke-Free North Dakota
KFYR-TV - December 5, 2012

In less than 24 hours, North Dakota`s new smoke-free law will go into effect. ... KMOT takes a look at one Minot restaurant that's already made the switch.

Bars, Other Businesses Gear Up for Smoking Ban Taking Effect ...
WDAZ - December 5, 2012

Tomorrow the North Dakota statewide smoking ban goes into effect. Smokers in bars will be forced outside to light up in most towns that have yet to adopt a ...

Revised North Dakota Smoking Ban Takes Effect on December 6 ...
JD Supra (press release) - December 5, 2012

Employers in North Dakota may have new obligations when it comes to banning smoking in the workplace. In November 2012, North Dakota voters approved ...

North Dakota Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Tomorrow
KUMV - December 5, 2012

Starting tomorrow, December 6, North Dakota`s new smoke-free law will go into effect. According to the new law, smoking is prohibited in most public places and ...

Smoking ban tightens in GF this week
Jamestown Sun - December 5, 2012

Grand Forks' public smoking ban became stricter Monday night after the City Council voted unanimously to pass changes to comply with new state laws.

New smoke-free ban clears the air statewide
West Fargo Pioneer - December 5, 2012

Tomorrow will be a monumental day as North Dakota's new smoke-free law takes effect, after two-thirds of North Dakotans voted in the general election Nov. …

What Businesses Need To Know About The New Smoking Ban
Valley News Live - December 4, 2012

…An entire stretch of downtown Fargo could end up being smoke-free. In 2008 North Dakota made a smoke-free law, and last month voters said they want additions to that law. During this year's election, North Dakotans voted for more protection from secondhand smoke. Fargo Public Health talked about what business owners need to change to obey the re-invented law. …

Smoking in the bars ends today
Kenmare News – December 4, 2012

“I’m waiting to see on December 5th how many people come in and smoke up a storm,” said Donna Schlosser, owner of City Limits in Kenmare and Donna’s Den in Northgate.

Grand Forks’ public smoking ban tightens this week
Grand Forks Herald – December 4, 2012

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 will be implemented Thursday. …

Council Amends Grand Forks Smoking Ordinance to Fit State Ban
WDAZ - December 3, 2012

Grand Forks City Council passed a second amendment this evening to the city ordinance banning smoking in public places. …

Bismarck businesses preparing for smoking ban
Bismarck Tribune - December 3, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the statewide smoking ban goes into place Thursday, Bismarck businesses are still unsure what more they will have to do to comply. …

No Smoking (Photo)
Bismarck Tribune - December 3, 2012

North Dakota state officials are not yet sure how the new law relating to public smoking huts will be worked out. This hut is outside the Supreme Court wing of the state Capitol in Bismarck. …

Smoking ban will save lives in ND
Jamestown Sun - November 30, 2012

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. …

Since government has apparently adopted the role of protecting people from themselves, should those on public assistance be banned from smoking, drinking, and playing the lottery?
Minot Daily News - November 29, 2012

Terrific idea … Sounds fair …

Bismarck smoking ban may need to fit state laws
Bismarck Tribune – November 29, 2012

The Bismarck City Commission may have to adjust its public smoking ban laws at a special Dec. 10 meeting so it matches state law. Although Bismarck voters approved a smoking ban in April 2010, the city commission will decide how it should conform to the measure approved Nov. 6 by voters. “We’re going to have to look at if we use our own or need to comply with the state law,” said Bismarck City Commissioner Brenda Smith.
She said the state law may be a lot more strict about the “butt huts.” “The state law might require them to be further away and might eliminate the open-ended “bus stop” types of smoking huts (allowed outside),” Smith said. …

Forum editorial: New ban will save ND lives
In-Forum - November 29, 2012

The new ban also prohibits outdoor smoking within 20 feet of doors, ... the North Dakota Hospitality Association, which has fought smoking bans as if they were ...

Smoking ban will stop people from smoking in outdoor shacks
WDAY - November 28, 2012

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- everal local bars say North Dakota's smoking ban is costing them thousands of dollars. Many have spent money building smoking shacks outside for customers but those shacks will be illegal, starting early next month. …

Letter: Restrictions on smoking ridiculous
INFORUM - November, 28, 2012

In reference to the article about banning the smoking areas already built by bars and restaurants (Forum, Nov. 27): …s

Smoking ban in North Dakota – how things have changed!
Farm and Ranch Guide - November 27, 2012

I don't use tobacco. I wouldn't mind using tobacco right now, but I am not going to because I don't want to be a slave to the stuff. As a little kid I wanted to be able ...

New smoking ban to take effect on December 6th
Kenmare News – November 27, 2012

Members of the Kenmare Tobacco-Free Coalition noted the overwhelming support shown across the state for Measure 4 when they met a week after the general election on November 13th. …

North Dakota ban to snuff out smoking shacks
In-Forum - November 27, 2012

FARGO – Mark Doyle spent tens of thousands of dollars four years ago to build a brick smoke shack next to Chub's Pub, the bar he operates at 421 North ...

Grand Forks Council, Public Express Mixed Feelings About New Smoking Laws
WDAZ 8 (Grand Forks, ND) - November 22, 2012

City leaders are taking the local ordinance and incorporating the new state law but the new provisions are raising questions and have some wondering whether it will really better the city. A 60 vote majority is needed in the legislature to do a change to ...

Fargo fire department talks about cigarette fire spike
WDAY TV & Radio (Fargo, ND) - November 22, 2012

Over the past 18 months, it fought 40 fires started from improperly disposed cigarettes. The flames have racked up about half a million dollars in property damage across Fargo. Crews say most are caused from people putting them out in unapproved contain ...

Statewide Smoking Ban Burns Bar Owners
KVLY TV 11 (Fargo, ND) - November 21, 2012

Vigen says she's already spent nearly 10-thousand dollars building her heated smoking shelter, and there's no way for her to recoup the money that will be spent making changes. However, she does say that overall, she's had more business since the smoking...

Smoking ban worries bar owners
Wahpeton Daily News (ND) - November 20, 2012

She owns Cowgal's Saloon in Great Bend and fears the smoking ban will drive away her customers. 'These little businesses are going to start closing and I am ...

Grand Forks City Council approves stricter public smoking laws
Grand Forks Herald (ND) - November 20, 2012

To align with provisions laid out by the recently passed Measure 4, local businesses will have to make several changes, including moving outdoor ashtrays and ...

News: What's Up with North Dakota?
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - November 19, 2012

I was stunned when I learned about North Dakota voting for an extremely restrictive smoking ban. I lived for a couple of years in the Great Plains, and it isn't the ...

Chelsey Matter, Bismarck, letter: A breath of fresh air in North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald - November 19, 2012

Thank you to all the North Dakotans who signed the Smoke-Free North ... Smoke-Free North Dakota collected more than 21,000 signatures in five weeks, a true ...

Dr. Linda Zak, Minot, letter: Yes, society can reduce preterm births
Grand Forks Herald (ND) - November 19, 2012

Dr. Linda Zak, Minot, letter: Yes, society can reduce preterm births. One of every 10 babies in North Dakota suffer the consequences of being born too soon.

RYAN BAKKEN: Blindingly obvious but a longtime coming
Grand Forks Herald - November, 18, 2012

Bakken talks about his history with tobacco and how attitudes on the subject have changed.

North Dakota Expands Smoking Restrictions Effective December 6
HR.BLR.com - November 14, 2012

Also, smoking is now prohibited within 20 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of buildings under the smoking ban. While smoking ...

NDQuits Offers Free Help to Tobacco Users
KSJB - November 14, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. – On election day, Northh Dakotans overwhelmingly voted to pass an initiated measure that will make all North Dakota workplaces smoke free, ...

Jackson Lewis | North Dakota Voters Support Expanded Statewide ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration) - November 14, 2012

Unlike most states that ban smoking in public places, North Dakota is now one of ... North Dakota law now also bans smoking in bars, separately enclosed areas ...

Why include E-cigarettes?
Bismarck Tribune November 12, 2012

E-cigarettes have not been shown to cause harm to anyone if used properly. Why did they have to incorporate the electronic cigarettes into Measure 4? I quit smoking real cigarettes in December 2011, with the help of e-cigarettes. I tried the other treatments with little to no success. The e-cigarette was just the crutch I needed. I have had physicians tell me to use it if that's what works for me.

A deadly, preventable disease caused by smoking
Bismarck (ND) Tribune - Nov 11, 2012

Again, the greatest risk of developing COPD is long-term cigarette smoking. Pipe smokers, cigar smokers and individuals exposed to a large amount of second-hand smoke also are at risk. So please don't start or try smoking, and stop if you currently smoke

Forum editorial: Measure 4 message loud, clear
In Forum (ND)- November 10, 2012

North Dakota voters sent an unambiguous dual message by approving Measure 4, the indoor smoking ban, by a landslide 67 percent “yes” vote. North Dakota ...

'We had widespread support'
Bismarck Tribune (ND) - November 10, 2012

Chelsey Matter, chairperson of Smoke Free North Dakota, on the voters' approval of ... I haven't seen a Bismarck bar close yet because of it (the smoking ban).

North Dakota bar owners start enforcing the smoking ban
WDAY (ND)- November 9, 2012

North Dakota bar owners start enforcing the smoking ban. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Bar owners in North Dakota still have many questions about how the new ...

Residents split on smoking decision
Williston Daily Herald - November 9, 2012

The measure, which banned smoking in bars, restaurants, workplaces and other public places, passed with over 66 percent of the vote. It makes North Dakota ...

North Dakota Heads Toward Smoke-Free
NACS Online - November 9, 2012

North Dakota has had a limited statewide smoking ban since 2005. ... A few North Dakota cities, such as Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck, had limited smoking ...

Smoking Ban Starts Next Month
KQCD - November 8, 2012

On Tuesday, voters approved Measure 4, which bans smoking in public places. ... won`t be seeing people smoking in public places anymore in North Dakota. …

Smoking Ban Starts Next Month
KFYR-TV - November 8, 2012

Smokers will soon have significantly fewer places to light up. On Tuesday, voters approved Measure 4, which bans smoking in public places. The measure passed by a two to one margin. Now that many public venues will soon be smoke free, many are left wondering where they can still smoke. ...

Jamestown businesses react to ND smoking ban
Prairie Business - November 8, 2012

That leaves time for businesses that allow smoking to make the necessary changes to ... Tobacco Program director for the North Dakota Department of Health.

Smoked out: By Dec. 6, smoking banned in public places, worksites
Jamestown Sun - November 8, 2012

That leaves time for businesses that allow smoking to make the necessary changes to ... Tobacco Program director for the North Dakota Department of Health. …

5 things to know about 2012 ND election results
Albany Times Union - November 7, 2012

FARGO, N.D. (AP) ­ North Dakota's general election was all Republican until the ... have for years refused to approve a comprehensive statewide smoking ban.

Smoking ban to change bar culture
Bismarck Tribune - November 7, 2012

More than 66 percent of the 313,000 North Dakotans who voted Tuesday favored expanding a statewide smoking ban to include bars and other public places. …

ND voters ban smoking in bars, indoor workplaces
Crookston Daily Times - November 7, 2012

Several North Dakota cities have already banned smoking in bars, including Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks. Twenty-nine states already have comprehensive ...

A smoke free Mandan bar weighs in
Bismarck Tribune - November 8, 2012

Jim Mellon, owner of Midway Lanes in Mandan, said the bowling alley and bar has been smoke free for about three years. Smoking had been limited to the bar ... However, not allowing smoking has been good for business, he said. "In fact, we get a lot of compliments that we are not smoking throughout the whole place," he said.

North Dakota election results by race
INFORUM – November 8, 2012

FARGO – In the state of North Dakota, with all precincts reporting unofficial results: … N.D. Measure 4, the statewide ban on smoking in indoor workplaces, passed with 67 percent. …

Walsh County OKs shared-parenting initiative; Griggs County rejects courthouse again
Grand Forks Herald – November 8, 2012

…Voters in Walsh County overwhelmingly approved a countywide shared-parenting initiative, the first in North Dakota. The measure passed with 66 percent or 2,828 “yes” votes. …

North Dakota voters approve smoking ban
November, 07, 2012 - INFORUM – News

BISMARCK – North Dakotans appeared Tuesday niight to approve Measure 4, an initiative that will ban smoking in indoor workplaces across the state. ...

Voters Make North Dakota Smoke-Free
PR Newswire (press release) - November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statement of Susan M. Liss Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: ...

ND voters weigh in on measures
Minot Daily News - November 7, 2012

The state has had a limited smoking ban for seven years. ... Several North Dakota cities have already banned smoking in bars, including Bismarck, Fargo ... Twenty-nine states already have comprehensive workplace smoking bans, including ...

News: North Dakota Passes Smoking Ban, Missouri Rejects ...
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - November 7, 2012

While Missouri voters rejected the anti-tobacco “Prop B,” voters in North Dakota approved Measure 4. North Dakota's Measure 4, a statewide smoking ban to ...

5 things to know about 2012 North Dakota election results
Grand Forks Herald - November 7, 2012

North Dakota's general election was all Republican until the clock struck midnight ... have for years refused to approve a comprehensive statewide smoking ban. ...

ND voters ban smoking in bars, indoor workplaces
AP - Associated Press - November 6, 2012

Smoking Ban - YES 66% Smoking Ban - NO 33% Dakota voters have agreed to expand the state's smoking ban to cover bars and other public places. The state has had a limited smoking ban for seven years. The law approved Tuesday expands the ban to bars,

Measure 4 Impacts on Williston
KUMV - November 5, 2012

And though studies have shown otherwise, Eide says a smoking ban would hurt ... That means a non-smoking employee working full time at a bar, could take in ...

Talks over (nearly), time to vote
Bismarck Tribune – November 5, 2012

… North Dakotans will decide constitutional issues on whether to protect farming and ranching, a smoking ban in public places and an issue on animal cruelty. …

Forum editorial: A review of Forum selections
InForum – November 5, 2012

… Measure 4 (state smoking ban) YES. …

OUR OPINION: Endorsements for Tuesday, Election Day
Grand Forks Herald – November 5, 2012
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/248645/publisher_ID/40/

** Measure 4, to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces ­ Yes

Election interest could generate high voter turnout
Minot Daily News - November 5, 2012

A presidential election, a tight Senate race and a number of ballot measures have potential to generate a strong turnout at the polls Tuesday …

Smoking bans showing impressive results
Durango Herald – November 4, 2012

Smoking bans quickly and dramatically cut the number of people hospitalized for heart attacks, strokes and respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, an analysis out last week showed. …

Smoking ban buffer may cause issues for bars
Measure prohibits lighting up within 20 feet of an entrance
InForum – November 4, 2012

FARGO – A statewide smoking ban on the ballot Tuesday prohibits smokers from puffing within 20 feet of a building entrance, but an official who helped write the language of the measure said she doesn’t believe that will be strictly enforced. …

Gail Halverson, Grand Forks, letter: Yes on 4 means better health for all
Grand Forks Herald – November 3, 2012

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Being exposed to secondhand smoke is just bad for you. …

Smoking ban buffer may cause issues for bars
In-Forum - November 3, 2012

A statewide smoking ban on the ballot Tuesday prohibits smokers from puffing within 20 feet of a building entrance, but an official who helped write the language of the measure said she doesn’t believe that will be strictly enforced. … If Measure 4 passes on Tuesday, smokers cannot light up within 20 feet of an entrance, exit, operable window, air intake or ventilation system. The provision is ...

Letter: Electronic cigs shouldn't be included in ND Measure 4
Dickinson Press - November 2, 2012

Just a concerned person who believes it is unfair to tie electronic cigarettes in the public smoking ban in the voting session this year. To start off, one must know ...

Measure 4 supporters, opponents: Supporters say ban protects ...
Jamestown Sun - November 2, 2012

FARGO ­ A ballot measure that would ban smoking in public places across North Dakota has reignited the debate about the role of government. Measure 4, which is on Tuesday’s ballot, would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces where state law now allows for it, including bars, tobacco shops, taxis and more. … Matter argued there are still too many questions about e-cigarettes to not merit their inclusion in the ban. “They’re not proven to be safe, they’re not approved by the FDA,” she said. “There are a lot of unknowns.” Banning e-cigarettes, as well as other parts of Measure 4, was based on smoking bans enacted by other states, Matter said. “We can’t emphasize enough that smoke-free laws save lives and money, and other states have demonstrated that for years,” she said. “We want that in North Dakota. We want to see those benefits here.”

Bev Benda, Grand Forks, letter: Solid majority backs smoking ...
Grand Forks Herald - November 2, 2012

GRAND FORKS ­ Scott Hennen talked about Measure 4 as government intrusion (“Smoking ban snuffs out personal liberty,” Page A4, Oct. 25). The measure actually is the reverse. It is the voice of North Dakotans speaking loud and clear that this is what they want. More than 20,000 signatures ­ many more than were required ­ were collected to put Measure 4 on the ballot. That is not the government talking; it is North Dakota residents talking. …

Measure 4 supporters say ban protects public health; opponents say it goes too far
Grand Forks Herald – November 2, 2012

A ballot measure that would ban smoking in public places across North Dakota has reignited the debate about the role of government. …

Letter: Don't vote for more intrusion
Dickinson Press - November 2, 2012

We don't smoke, but are going to vote no on Measure 4 because it is overly broad ... into the personal choices and business decisions of North Dakota citizens. …

Letter: Tobacco interests own Berg
INFORUM – November 2, 2012

A national group that tracks tobacco’s political influence, Action on Smoking and Health, reports that Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., has accepted $18,000 in campaign contributions from the tobacco industry. …

Measure 4 supporters say ban protects public health; opponents say it goes too far
INFORUM – November 2, 2012

A ballot measure that would ban smoking in public places across North Dakota has reignited the debate about the role of government. …

Voters to decide five state measures
Wahpeton Daily News - November 1, 2012

… Measure 4, which would prohibit smoking, including electronic smoking devices, in public places and most places of employment, and Measure 5 that would make it a class C felony for an individual to maliciously and intentionally harm a living dog, cat or horse and provide court with certain sentencing options. …

Protecting our rights
Minot Daily News - November 2, 2012

With our society already drastically overburdened with laws, we now have North Dakota’s “bunny huggers” clamoring for more stringent animal rights laws. … Remember back when the anti-smoking crowd only wanted smoke-free areas on airplanes and in restaurants. Before you know it, eating meat may be a felony.

Help N.D. to breathe easier
Bismarck Tribune – November 2, 2012

For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has worked to save lives by preventing lung disease and promoting lung health, including fighting illness and death caused by tobacco use. … A yes vote on Measure 4 will help North Dakotans breathe easier. …

Mixed support for measures
Minot Daily News - November 1, 2012

… Measure 4: This would eliminate smoking in most areas that were not included in an August 2005 law. Smoking would be banned in bars, truck stops, tobacco stores, work places available to be leased to the public for private functions and smoking rooms in hotels. It would also ban smoking within 20 feet of entrances, exits or air-intakes of locations that ban smoking. Private businesses seem to be solving some of this issue on their own. Locally, some bars have gone non-smoking without being forced to by government, and we expect that trend to continue as more customers make their preferences known by not patronizing smoking establishments. Supporters say the intent of the measure is to protect the health of employees and others who have limited choices in avoiding smoking establishments. But generally, employees have choices, too, given the state's extremely low unemployment rate. This measure represents the continued expansion of government authority over everyday lives and choices. Which freedom would be next on the list? The Minot Daily News supports a no vote on Measure 4. …

Preserve our choice
Minot Daily News – November 1, 2012

What happened to choices? We live in a blue state known for its common sense, so why are we trying to take always a persons [sic] freedom? If a business owner wants smoking in...

Election Poll Results: Smoking Measure and Candidate Likability
KFYR-TV - November 1, 2012

We wrap up our NBC North Dakota News, Mason-Dixon polling season tonight with a look at what people are thinking about the further curtailment of smoking ...

Letter to the Editor: Time has come to end second-hand smoke
West Fargo Pioneer – October 31, 2012

The time has come! The time has come to rectify decades of the unhealthy practice of smoking in public places. …

Letter to the Editor: Passage of Measure 4 will protect the workplace
West Fargo Pioneer – October 31, 2012

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. By voting Yes on Measure 4, most North Dakotan’s will be protected from breathing secondhand smoke in the workplace including harmful cancer causing chemicals. …

Voters to decide fate of candidates, measures
West Fargo Pioneer – October 31, 2012

Long-awaited Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6 will not only decide the national political landscape but will shape the structure of state and local candidates serving as well as decide the fate of several ballot measures. …

Letter: No foundation for No. 4 backers
INFORUM – October 31, 2012

On what foundation do Measure 4 backers, who wish to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants, base their bias? …

Letter: Nanny state out of control
In-Forum - October 28, 2012

Of all the questions we decide on Election Day, the proposed North Dakota smoking ban is the most ill-conceived yet philosophically important of all. …

Both sides unsurprised to see ND smoking ban draw support
Grand Forks Herald - October 27, 2012

The head of a trade group opposing a statewide smoking ban called poll results showing solid support for the ban “disappointing.” …

Both sides not surprised by support for North Dakota smoking ban
InForum - October 27, 2012

FARGO – The head of a trade group opposing a statewide smoking ban called poll results showing solid support for the ban “disappointing.” A poll for Forum Communications published Friday shows 61 percent of voters in support of Measure 4, an initiative that would ban smoking in public places throughout North Dakota.

Measures: Four get 'yes,' one gets 'no'
Jamestown Sun - October 27, 2012

…Measure 4 bans smoking in all indoor workplaces in North Dakota. ... have been on the ballot in other states or in North Dakota cities, they have passed handily. …

Forum editorial: Measures: one ‘no,’ four ‘yes’
InForum – October 27, 2012

There are five measures on the Nov. 6 North Dakota ballot. Let’s take them in reverse order – in order of their importance and the relative attention they are getting.

OUR OPINION: N.D. measures: One ‘no,’ four ‘yes’
Grand Forks Herald – October 27, 2012

There are five measures on the Nov. 6 North Dakota ballot. Let’s take them in reverse order ­ in order of their importance and the relative attention they are getting. …

A close look at smoking impact
Bismarck Tribune – October 27, 2012

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. By voting yes on Measure 4, most North Dakotans will be protected from secondhand smoke in the workplace, including harmful cancer-causing chemicals. …

POLL: Smoking ban support polls at 61 percent
Grand Forks Herald - October 26, 2012

FARGO ­ North Dakota voters appear ready to approve Measure 4, an initiative that would ban smoking in public places across the state. A poll of 500 likely voters conducted for Forum Communications found 61 percent of respondents plan to support the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, with 36 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. …

Poll: More favor snuffing public puffing
In-Forum – October 26, 2012

FARGO – North Dakota voters appear ready to approve Measure 4, an initiative that would ban smoking in public places across the state. A poll of 500 likely voters conducted for Forum Communications found 61 percent of respondents plan to support the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, with 36 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided. …

Dr. Eric Johnson, Grand Forks, letter: Debate is over about secondhand smoke
Grand Forks Herald - October 26, 2012

GRAND FORKS ­ As a health care provider, I know that the health hazards from smoking are apparent. In 2006, secondhand smoke dangers were clearly summarized. Surgeon General Richard Carmona stated, “The debate is over. The science is clear. Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard.” Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 69 ­ including arsenic, ammonia, formaldehyde and polonium 210 ­ that cause cancer. …

Burning issue
Jamestown Sun - October 26, 2012

North Dakota voters appear ready to approve Measure 4, an initiative that would ban smoking in public places across the state. ... to the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy ­ Bismarck, Fargo, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Pembina, Cavalier, Munich, Lisbon, Linton and Napoleon. …

Scott Hennen, Fargo, column: Smoking ban snuffs out personal liberty
Grand Forks Herald - October 26, 2012

Of all the questions we decide on Election Day, the proposed statewide smoking ban is the most ill-conceived yet philosophically important of all. …

Letter: Smoking argument is flawed
In-Forum, October 21, 2012

Regarding Justin Vega’s letter to the editor in the Oct. 15 Forum: I am in favor of Measure 4 and plan to vote “yes.” He states, “Smoke-Free North Dakota has carelessly debased the right to property and, in a dictatorial fashion, determined that business owners cannot own and operate their business in a fashion the owners deem most acceptable.” This argument is flawed. …

Theresa Knox, Grand Forks, letter: ‘Yes’ on 4 to protect all, not just some
Grand Forks Herald – October 21, 2012

While the language of actual statute is a bit more complicated, the question posed by the measure is simple: Do all North Dakotans have the right to breathe clean air? …

Letter: SIDS awareness month under way
Fargo (ND) InForum - October 21, 2012

October is SIDS Awareness Month, and the March of Dimes is encouraging North Dakotans to reduce babies’ exposure to secondhand smoke – a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the unexpected and unexplained death of …

Let the voting begin: Voters to decide fate of five measures in ND
Minot Daily News - October 20, 2012

North Dakota voters will be asked to support modern farming practices, tighten the ... Measure 4: Prohibits smoking, including the use of electronic smoking ... laws are Bismarck, Carrington, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Linton, ... not die prematurely," said Carolyn Bodell, president of the Minot STAMP coalition. …

Vote ‘yes’ on Measure 4
Minot Daily News - October 21, 2012

Jay Taylor, Durbin When I moved to North Dakota, about 30 years ago, I was a new non-smoker. ….

How do you plan to vote on Measure 4, which would prohibit smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, in public places and most employment in the state, including certain outdoor areas?
Minot Daily News - October 20, 2012

Yes … No … Undecided …

Voters should vote no on Measure 4
Williston Daily Herald - October 20, 2012

Attempting to make smoking illegal in any business, including bars and restaurants, is nothing new in North Dakota. Two times proponents of a smoke-free state ...

A closer look at five measures on the ballot
Williston Daily Herald - October 20, 2012

As best as I could determine, North Dakota never used a poll tax, but the ... Measure 4 is an effort to ban smoking in any place of business in the state. I will admit ...

Letter: Smoking is major killer
In-Forum - October 19, 2012

When I moved to North Dakota about 30 years ago, I was a new non-smoker. I had only stopped smoking for about a week or so and maintaining that stance ...

Jay Taylor, Durbin, ND, letter: Secondhand smoke gets scarier with time
Grand Forks Herald - October 19, 2012

I knew smoking was bad for you, and I knew firsthand how hard it was to quit. But I knew nothing of the real dangers of secondhand smoke. Now I know. Even if ...

Smoking ban goes to the voters
Williston Daily Herald - October 18, 2012

Making its way onto the ballot this November is Initiated Statutory Measure 4 which relates to prohibiting smoking in public places and work sites. … Applebees’ Kitchen Manager Jim Douglas said he doesn’t think that it will affect his business or any others where drinks are served. Smoking has been banned from restaurants and all enclosed places of employment in North Dakota since 2005. Previous bills to ban smoking statewide in bars failed twice, the first time in February 2007 when the North Dakota Senate rejected the bill, and again in February 2009, when the North Dakota House of Representatives rejected a similar bill by a majority vote of 59-33. Since the smoking ban in restaurants passed the legislature, other cities throughout the state have banned smoking from all enclosed workplaces, bars and restaurants including Napoleon, Pembina, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, and Fargo. “I’ve been to Bismarck and Grand Forks and stuff, and everyone still goes out to the bars and drinks,” Douglas said. “People are going to go out to drink anyway.”

It's time to clear out the smoke
Bismarck Tribune - October 18, 2012

North Dakota has come a long way on smoking issues. Bismarck, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Linton, Lisbon, Napoleon, Pembina and West Fargo all have banned smoking in the workplace. Now the state’s voters will determine whether to prohibit smoking in “public places and most places of employment in the state, including certain outdoor areas.” …

News: Upcoming Referendums Threaten Cigar Rights
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - October 18, 2012

… In North Dakota, a statewide smoking ban with no exemption for cigar shops is at stake. The outlook is bleak, according to the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, which is ...

Measure 4 Controversy
KMOT-TV – October 16, 2012

When voters go to the polls next month, they`ll have the option of clearing the air, or not. Smoke Free North Dakota and many other anti-tobacco groups across North Dakota are trying to gather support for the Measure 4 which has to do with banning smoking in public places. …

October is Smoke-Free Month
Walhalla Mountaineer – October 17, 2012
Not available online

… Smoke-free laws can go a long way in keeping us healthy and keeping money in our pockets. And the right choice is always the healthy choice.

Valley City Bar Reopens to Smokers
WDAZ - October 16, 2012

A Valley City bar owner says switching from smoking to nonsmoking actually turned a hotspot into a dud. …

Justin Vega, Fargo, column: Anti-smoking measure snuffs out personal freedoms

Grand Forks Herald - October 13, 2012
Of course ­ especially when we consumers have created a strong demand for fully non-smoking establishments. As a result of this demand, we nonsmokers ...

Letter: Anti-smoking measure is an assault on liberty
In-Forum - October 15, 2012

… Measure 4, the indoor smoking ban, is the weed whacker to the garden of freedom in North Dakota, and you should vote against it. The first of many flaws with this measure is that, as in the illustration above, it wants to address an alleged problem in a situation by removing the situation, not by trying to fix a problem. …

No smoking - no problem for some
Wahpeton Daily News - October 11, 2012

November is fast approaching and with it comes the opportunity for citizens to not only elect officials, but put measures in place as well. … There have already been cities in North Dakota that already made decisions to ban smoking in public places including Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. …

November Election Poll: Ballot Measures
KMOT - October 10, 2012

North Dakotans are usually pretty protective of personal rights, but the latest North Dakota NBC News poll indicates that the state`s residents are not pleased with second hand smoke. North Dakota voters will be deciding a measure that severely limits the places a person can smoke. …

Karin Roseland, Fargo, letter: 'Yes' on 4 may boost women, infants' health
Grand Forks Herald (ND) October 10, 2012 - - Opinion

March of Dimes fully supports this ballot measure that, if passed, will reduce exposure to tobacco smoke by women of childbearing age (especially those who are pregnant).

Tobacco prevention summit next week
Bismarck Tribune - October 5, 2012

The Seventh Annual Bismarck Tobacco Prevention Youth Summit will be held from ... the harmful health effects of secondhand smoke, smoke-free environments, ...

Voters will consider five ballot measures in the General Election
Kenmare News – October 3, 2012

As voters begin to seriously consider their voting options in the General Election on November 6th, little information has been published in regard to the five Measures that will be included on the ballot. … Measure 4: This is an initiated statuatory change that will prohibit smoking in all public places. …

Letter: Secondhand smoke dangerous
INFORUM – October, 03, 2012

In accordance with World Heart Day on Sept. 29, I want to remind people of the dangerous connection between secondhand smoke and heart attacks and heart disease. Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke is an important step in maintaining a healthy heart.

Dr. Casey Ryan, Grand Forks, letter: Avoiding smoke can improve heart health
Grand Forks Herald - September 26, 2012

In accordance with World Heart Day on Saturday, I’d like to remind Herald readers of the dangerous connection between secondhand smoke and heart attacks and heart disease. ... Another important thing to remember is that all of the heart attacks, heart disease and strokes that are caused by secondhand smoke or smoking in general are ...

RYAN BAKKEN: Man's obituary speaks to harm of cigarettes
Grand Forks Herald - September 23, 2012

When Al Zeidlik, 54, died nine days ago, he left a gift behind for others: his obituary. The opening paragraph in the obituary that appeared in the Sept. 16 Herald noted that the Grand Forks man died “from smoking cigarettes.” The obit’s last line quoted talk show comedian Johnny Carson’s words just before his death from smoking: “Damned cigarettes.” …

RYAN BAKKEN: Man's obituary speaks to harm of cigarettes
In Forum - September 24, 2012

When Al Zeidlik, 54, died nine days ago, he left a gift behind for others: his obituary. The opening paragraph in the obituary that appeared in the Sept. 16 Herald noted that the Grand Forks man died “from smoking cigarettes.” The obit’s last line quoted talk show comedian Johnny Carson’s words just before his death from smoking: “Damned cigarettes.” …

Sanford Program Helps Smokers Kick Habit
KUMV - September 16, 2012

More than half of adult smokers in North Dakota tried to quit in 2010, but kicking ... Last December Sanford Medical Center started a smoking cessation program. …

All North Dakota Workplaces Could be Smoke-Free by Christmas
Public News Service - September 13, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - The fall election is now less than eight weeks away, and one of the big questions facing North Dakotans is whether to approve a ballot initiative banning smoking in workplaces statewide. …

North Dakota Voters Can Make Their State Smoke-Free
Voters should protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) - September 5, 2012

North Dakota voters in November can deliver a big win for health by approving a statewide ballot initiative to require smoke-free workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars. …

ND initiatives rejected, petition fraud alleged
Bismarck Tribune - September 4, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ­ North Dakota's secretary of state says he's not ... Jaeger says the petitions for three other initiatives are going on the ballot. They propose a felony penalty for animal cruelty, a ban on indoor workplace smoking and expanded rights for farmers and ranchers in running their operations. …

Jaeger to announce North Dakota ballot measures lineup
WDAY - September 4, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ­ Several members of North Dakota State University's football team face charges of petition fraud. …

Medical Marijuana Banned from Ballot
Valley News Live - September 4, 2012

… They propose a felony penalty for animal cruelty, a ban on indoor workplace smoking and expanded rights for farmers and ranchers in running their operations. …

Voters could decide on five measures
Bismarck Tribune - September 2, 2012

… The other three are statutory measures. One of the initiatives would legalize and regulate marijuana for medicinal purposes, making North Dakota the 18th state to do so. Voters also may decide on a statewide smoking ban and whether or not they’re in favor of strengthening the state’s animal cruelty laws. …

Williston State College expects to go smoke-free
Wahpeton Daily News - August 23, 2012

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 ...

Williston State College expects to go smoke-free
INFORUM – August 23, 2012

WILLISTON, N.D. ­ Williston State College expects to be smoke-free by the end of the year. …

Williston State College expects to go smoke-free
Grand Forks Herald – August 23, 2012

WILLISTON, N.D. ­ Williston State College expects to be smoke-free by the end of the year. …

Smoke-free zone
Minot Daily News - August 22, 2012

WILLISTON Visitors to Williston State College may only have four more months to light up a cigarette on the college grounds. Come Jan. 1, 2013, the two-year ...

Williston State College Prepares to go Tobacco-Free
KFYR-TV - August 20, 2012

"Members of the student senate approached me about becoming a tobacco-free campus," he said. "They appear to be very on board with the plan of going ...

Ordinary citizens have tool
INFORUM – August 20, 2012

Controversial initiated measures will stimulate voter turnout for the November general election as five proposals are likely to be placed on the ballot by Secretary of State Al Jaeger. … One measure on the November ballot would outlaw smoking in all public places. Sponsors of this measure are going straight to the people with this issue because the Legislature has a track record of hostility to the regulation of smoking. …

ND Sec. of State: Petition signatures a problem; print the names
Bismarck Tribune – August 17, 2012

Verifying more than 130,000 signatures on five proposed ballot measures is difficult when some names are illegible, says Secretary of State Al Jaeger, who believes signers should also be required to print their names on initiative petitions. … Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he likely will ask the Legislature to require petition signers to print their names legibly. …

Readers want public smoking ban
Jamestown Sun - August 16, 2012

Last week, The Jamestown Sun asked readers of its website the question “Are you in favor of a statewide ban in North Dakota of smoking in all workplaces Here are the results of the unscientific survey: Yes: 70.5 percent (110 responses) … No: 28.8 percent (45) …

Linton Council approves smoking ban within city
Emmons County (ND) Record – August 14, 2012

The Linton City Council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance that will prohibit smoking at all public places within the city during its regular meeting on August 6. …

Linton 10th ND city to pass smoke-free ordinance
Jamestown Sun - August 8, 2012

LINTON, N.D. (AP) ­ The south central North Dakota city of Linton is the latest to ban smoking in public buildings. Officials with North Dakota's Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy say the Linton City Council voted 4-2 this week to approve a smoke-free ordinance. It goes into effect Sept. 1. …

Linton is 10th ND city to pass smoking ban
Bismarck Tribune - August 9, 2012

Linton is the 10th North Dakota city to pass such a ban. The others are Bismarck, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Lisbon, Napoleon, Pembina and ...

Linton 10th ND city to pass smoke-free ordinance
Grand Forks Herald – August 8, 2012

The south central North Dakota city of Linton is the latest to ban smoking in public buildings. …

Linton 10th ND city to pass smoke-free ordinance
InForum – August 8, 2012

LINTON, N.D. ­ The south central North Dakota city of Linton is the latest to ban smoking in public buildings. …

VIDEO: Linton goes smoke-free
KXNet.com – August 9, 2012

[Video gives public reaction to Linton passing a smokefree ordinance]…

VIDEO: Health officials weary of third hand smoke
WDAY TV & Radio (Fargo, ND) - August 8, 2012

The new term is raising concerns among health officials and the dangers of the third hand smoke are becoming more apparent. …

Claim: 20,000 signatures for anti-tobacco campaign
Grand Forks Herald – August 3, 2012

Supporters of an initiative campaign that would ban on smoking in North Dakota bars, motels and other workplaces turned in 21,000 petition signatures Thursday, saying they were confident their efforts would put the issue to a statewide vote. …

New group of North Dakota ballot measures next week
WDAY - August 3, 2012
http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/67159/group/homepage/

New group of North Dakota ballot measures next week. BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ­ A proposed smoking ban in North Dakota bars isn't likely to be the only ...

New group of ND ballot measures to be submitted next week
INFORUM - August 3, 2012

BISMARCK ­ A proposed smoking ban in North Dakota bars isn't likely to be the only initiative ...

Activists claim success for anti-tobacco campaign
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - August 3, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ­ Backers of a complete ban on smoking in bars and other ... North Dakota already prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places, but ...

Chelsey Matter
Grand Forks Herald - August 3, 2012

Grand Forks Herald ... respiratory therapist who is chairwoman of a North Dakota initiative campaign to ban smoking in public workplaces, reviews paperwork in ...

Anti-tobacco group turns in petition; says it has 20,000 signatures
Bismarck Tribune - August 3, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. ­ Backers of a complete smoking ban in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say they have enough petition signatures to put the issue to ...

Smoke Free North Dakota Submits Signatures
KFYR-TV - August 2, 2012

Today members of Smoke Free North Dakota submitted over 21000 signatures to the Secretary of State. They say the law is needed for the health benefits to ...

Smoking ban initiative: Supporters turn in 21000 petition signatures ...
Jamestown Sun - August 3, 2012

Supporters of an initiative campaign that would ban smoking in North Dakota bars, motels and other workplaces turned in 21000 petition signatures Thursday, ...

Tobacco Measure to be on November Ballot in North Dakota
NewsDakota.com – August 2, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Supporters of a total ban on smoking in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say the issue will be on the ballot in November. Backers of a voter anti-tobacco initiative say they’re turning in their petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Thursday. They say they have more than the minimum of 13,500 names needed to assure a public vote. …

Controlling tobacco sales: Dickinson leaders seek to increase control by creating license
Dickinson Press - August 2, 2012

Dickinson leaders want more control over tobacco sales in the city. …

Claim: 20K signatures for ND anti-tobacco campaign enough for vote
In-Forum - August 2, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. ­ Backers of a complete smoking ban in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say they have enough petition signatures to put the issue to ...

Anti-tobacco advocates claim success in ND initiative campaign
By Dale Wetzel
In-Forum - August 1, 2012

BISMARCK ­ Backers of a complete ban on smoking in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say they have enough initiative petition signatures to put the issue to a vote this fall. …

Activists claim success for anti-tobacco campaign
Valley News Live - August 2, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of a total ban on smoking in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say the issue will be on the ballot in November.

Smoking ban petitions to be submitted
Bismarck Tribune - August 1, 2012

A consultant's study Wednesday favored a $50 million jail in Bismarck to make more ... Members of the Smoke Free North Dakota committee plan on turning in ...

Group working to make ND smoke free
Wahpeton Daily News - August 2, 2012

Group working to make ND smoke free. Posted: Thursday ... Do you support the statewide petition, 'Smoke Free ND' to prohibit smoking in all public places? (5) ...

Claim: 20K signatures for anti-tobacco campaign
Grand Forks Herald - August 2, 2012

Supporters of the smoking ban turned in more than 21000 signatures to Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office Thursday. They need only about 13500 names to ...

Nothing is at all safe about e-cigarettes
In-Forum - July 28, 2012

My thanks to Steve Johnson, owner of SnG Vapor of Grand Forks, for pointing out the safety of water, vegetable glycerin, flavorings and propylene glycol in e-cigarette vapors. The studies he cited look legitimate, and I’ll concede the point – the inert ingredients in e-cig vapor are scientifically tested and shown to be safe. Of course, there is no study that shows what a safe level of nicotine is and, personally, I don’t believe there is one. Nicotine is a poison that has been used as both an insecticide and herbicide. Pure nicotine is deadlier than rattlesnake venom, arsenic or strychnine. This stuff is so toxic that spilling a small amount onto your bare skin can be fatal. It’s a powerful carcinogen linked to millions of deaths. …

Smoke-Free Group Edges Toward Goal
Valley News Live - July 27, 2012

A major push by anti-smoking activists to get North Dakota voters to go smoke-free indoors is wrapping up tomorrow. The North Dakota State Fair in Minot, which ...

Linton Council shows dynamic leadership
By Gloria D. Wolf, FNP- C
Emmons County Record – July 26, 2012
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On June 26, four members of the Linton City Council showed dynamic and outstanding leadership as they voted to protect the health …

Signature collecting
Minot Daily News - July 26, 2012

With the countdown less than two weeks away to get initiatives on the November ballot, some measure sponsors are making a final push for petition signatures at the North Dakota State Fair. … Supporters of a measure to make worksites and other public places smoke-free sought signatures a couple of days at the fair. Carolyn Bodell, a member of Minot's anti-tobacco STAMP Coalition, said supporters have been closing in on the necessary signatures. Both the animal cruelty measure and tobacco measure propose statutory changes so require 13,452 signatures by the Aug. 8 deadline. …

Grand Forks nurse who led anti-smoking effort lauded
Grand Forks Herald – July 25, 2012

After spearheading the campaign for a total workplace smoking ban in Grand Forks, public health nurse Haley Thorson has been recognized for her efforts to create a healthier city. …

It’s wrong to ban electronic cigs
Bismarck Tribune – July 26, 2012
By Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson co-owns and operates SnG Vapor of Grand Forks, which retails electronic cigarettes.)

The proposed smoking ban currently circulating seems to have erroneously included electronic cigarettes. … The ingredients in vapor, except for nicotine, are classified as generally recognized as safe. … Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University School of Public Health has conducted several studies of e-cigarettes. He states that there is no justification for banning the indoor use of e-cigarettes based on potential harm to bystanders. …

Smoke Free North Dakota
KFYR-TV-Ch.5 (Bismark, ND) - Jul 24, 2012

But, Smoke Free North Dakota volunteers were determined to add some more names to the list today at the State Fair to further protect the health of the citizens due to not just smoking, but...secondhand smoke.

No-smoking group collecting signatures at ND State Fair
Bismarck Tribune - July 20, 2012

Volunteers hoping to initiate a state ballot measure to prohibit smoking in all indoor public places and places of employment will be collecting signatures at the North Dakota State Fair. …

Group making great strides toward smoking ban measure
Kenmare News - July 17, 2012

Kenmare Tobacco-Free Coalition members heard the good news at a July 10th meeting that a drive to include an initiated measure on the November ballot to prohibit smoking in all public places across the state was making great strides. ….

Lisbon becomes 9th ND city to pass smoke-free law
AP - Associated Press - Jul 15, 2012

Officials with North Dakota's Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy says Lisbon joins Bismarck, Cavalier, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Napoleon, Pembina and West Fargo as cities with smoke-free policies. Smoke-Free North Dakota is collect...

Clean Air Petition at Red River Valley Fair
WDAY (ND)- Â July 11, 2012

Jack Fuller with Smoke Free ND says, "are health issues, I mean it's a healthy issue, I think we've got enough things, i know i do myself, enough issues that we ...

Smoke lounge opening in Discontent location
InForum – July 8, 2012

MOORHEAD – The former location of Discontent will soon be home to a new flavored tobacco sampling lounge, Discontent owner Tom Tepley said Friday. …

Sign petition to clear the air
INFORUM – July 8, 2012

There are dedicated North Dakotans out there starting to pound the pavement, collecting signatures on a petition to put the Smoke Free North Dakota decision on the ballot this coming November. …

E-cigs should be included in ban
In-Forum - July 4, 2012

I reject Joshua Larsen's argument that e-cigarette vapor is safe to breathe because the FDA hasn't been able to prove that second-hand vapor is harmful. …

Linton Council approves first reading of ordinance to prohibit smoking in Linton liquor establishments
Emmons County (ND) Record – July 3, 2012

Present at the meeting were Nancy Thoen of the South Central Tobacco Prevention Collaborative (SCTPC), Emmons County Public Health Administrator Bev Voller, Alva Schoepp of the Kidder-Emmons Tobacco-Free Coalition, Richard Nicklos, Country Climate owners Randy and Karin McClour, and Happy Hour Bar Manager Tim Kooker. Zila Oliveira, who did not seek re-election to the Linton City Council, and was replaced by Alderwoman Tammi Sannes earlier in the meeting, also attended this portion of the meeting. …

Linton City Council should follow overwhelming vote of the people (Not available online)s
by Zila S. Oliveira
Emmons County (ND) Record – July 3, 2012

Dear Editor: I left my last Linton City Council meeting on a very sad note. … It is called an “advisory vote” for that reason. Sixty-seven percent of Linton’s voters told the city council what they wanted: a smoke-free ordinance in Linton for all public places. …

Do you support the statewide petition, 'Smoke Free ND' to prohibit ...
Wahpeton Daily News - July 3, 2012

Yes...
No...

E-cigarettes not the problem
INFORUM - June, 30, 2012

As Smoke-Free North Dakota is collecting signatures for the petition on the newly proposed smoking ban, The Forum and our elected public officials should not forget that there are residents who wish to see smoke-free electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) removed from the proposed ordinance. …

VIDEO: Smoking ban would force hookah lounge in Grand Forks to ...
Grand Forks Herald - June 29, 2012

GRAND FORKS - A petition circulating the state to put a permanent smoking ban on the November ballot will force a Grand Forks man to close his business and he'll be out of a job. …

Jay Taylor, Durbin, ND, letter: Sign petition for Smoke Free ND
Grand Forks Herald - June 28, 2012

As many of us … or a few of us … or maybe none at all might know, there are dedicated North Dakotans out there who are pounding the pavement, collecting signatures on a petition to put the Smoke Free North Dakota decision on the ballot in November. … This is strictly a good-health issue. Banning smoking in all public places will not affect business, hurt our economy or destroy anyone's life. It will save lives. …

Kenmare volunteers working toward statewide smoking ban
Kenmare (ND) News, June 26, 2012

Members of the Kenmare Tobacco-Free Coalition have joined other volunteers around the state in a signature-collecting petition drive to put a new statewide tobacco-free initiated measure on the general election ballot in November. …

Great opportunity for North Dakota
In-Forum - June 25, 2012

How exciting to watch the news and see that North Dakota voters will finally have a choice for fresh smoke-free air. But inevitably, I know the same tired old ...

The smoking hypocrisy in ND is nauseating
In-Forum - June, 26, 2012

Well here we go with people telling businesses how to operate again. …

Smoking measure language approved
Bismarck Tribune, June 23, 2012

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved petition language for a ballot initiative that aims to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars. The measure, under the petition title, would amend law North Dakota law “to prohibit smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, in public places and most places of employment in this state, including certain outdoor areas.” …

ND Sec of State approves smoking measure language
INFORUM - June, 22, 2012

BISMARCK ­ North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved petition language for a ballot initiative that aims to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars. …

ND Secretary of State approves smoking measure language
Grand Forks Herald - June, 22, 2012

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved petition language for a ballot initiative that aims to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars. …

Jaeger approves smoking measure language
Associated Press
Jamestown Sun - Jun 23, 2012

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved petition language for a ballot initiative that aims to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars. …

Expect measure to ban smoking to make ballot
Jamestown Sun - June 22, 2012

The coalition seeking a comprehensive smoking ban in North Dakota will have no trouble getting the 13,452 signatures needed by Aug. 8 to get the measure on the November ballot. North Dakota’s secretary of state approved the measure petition last week, and the signature-gathering effort is under way. …

Forum editorial: Smoking measure a good bet
Fargo (ND) InForum - Jun 20, 2012

The campaign against the measure will resurrect the old bugaboos about government intervention, personal freedom and business rights. But all of it has been hashed, rehashed and dismissed by voters in North Dakota cities and in cities and states all over

The week that was
Minot Daily News (ND) June 17, 2012

NEXT UP, SMOKING: Now that voters in North Dakota have rendered their ... North Dakota submitted a measure to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including ... with supporters pointing out that other states have adopted similar bans, and ...

Should N.D. ban smoking in all indoor work places, including bars?
Minot Daily News June 15, 2012

Anti-tobacco group to push indoor smoking ban
Associated Press (ND) - Jun 13, 2012

An anti-tobacco group wants to put an initiative on North Dakota's ballot to ban smoking in all indoor work places.

Linton favors smoking ban
Jamestown Sun - (ND) June 13, 2012

Residents of the south central North Dakota city of Linton favor a workplace smoking ban in the city.

Keeping a copy for the library Smoke-Free North Dakota starts effort for public smoking prohibition
Bismarck Tribune - June 13, 2012

The organization wants to gather 13452 signatures to get a statewide smoking ban on the ballot for the November general election. The signatures must be ...

North Dakota Indoor Workplace Smoking Ban Initiative (PDF)
Bismarck Tribune June 13, 2012

Smoke-Free North Dakota
Bismarck Tribune June 13, 2012

Chelsey Matter, chairperson of the Smoke-Free North Dakota committee, answers questions about the group's intentions of making the state smoke free during a press conference held Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

Ban on Indoor Smoking May Hit Ballots
Valley News Live (ND) - June 13, 2012

North Dakota activists are going to be asking for your signature to be one of more than thirteen thousand needed for a proposed measure that would make the ...

Smoke-Free Proposal Submitted
KFYR-TV - June 14, 2012

Smoke-Free North Dakota committee submitted a proposal to Secretary of State Al Jaeger calling for the prohibition of smoking in public places and worksites ...

No Smoking Measure Could Be On November Ballot
KXNet.com - June 13, 2012

"Minnesota went smoke-free in 2007, Montana and SD went after that, SD being the most recent one, so we want to add ND to that list," Chelsey Matter with ...

Linton close to citywide workplace smoking ban
Valley News Live (ND) June 13, 2012

Residents of the south central North Dakota city of Linton favor a workplace smoking ban in the city

Linton, ND, close to citywide workplace smoking ban
Grand Forks Herald - June 13, 2012

About 67 percent of voters on Tuesday recommended the City Council approve a ban. The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy says if that ...

No Smoking Ordinance coming to Casselton?
Valley News Live (ND) - June 12, 2012

For decades now, bar owners in Casselton have had the opportunity to decide whether or not to allow smoking in their establishments. But that decision could ...

New GF Smoking Study
Valley News Live - May 30, 2012

Grand Forks has now been smoke free since August of 2010. A new study looked at the Community's attitude, knowledge and awareness of the smoke free ordinance. The study claims the smoke free ordinance has been a success. That 84% of the people surveyed favor it and that most people said their patronage of bars and ...

Survey finds continued support for GF smoking ban
Grand Forks Herald - May 30 , 2012

A survey conducted one year after Grand Forks banned smoking in bars and other businesses shows 84 percent of respondents support the law. The results ...

North Dakota fraternal club votes to ban smoking
Bismarck Tribune - May 30, 2012

WAHPETON, N.D. ­ The Fraternal Order of Eagles has voted to be smoke-free at its club in Wahpeton. Manager Chris Friday said less than 10 percent of ...

Wahpeton Eagles club votes to ban smoking
INFORUM, May 30, 2012

WAHPETON, N.D. ­ The Fraternal Order of Eagles has voted to be smoke-free at its club in Wahpeton.

ND fraternal club votes to ban smoking
Grand Forks Herald, May 30, 2012

The Fraternal Order of Eagles has voted to be smoke-free at its club in Wahpeton.

ND fraternal club votes to ban smoking
Wahpeton Daily News - May 30, 2012

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) ­ The Fraternal Order of Eagles has voted to be smoke-free at its club in Wahpeton. …

Eagles Club to go smoke-free June 1
Wahpeton (ND) Daily News - May 25, 2012

For more information on North Dakota's Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, visit www.breathend.com

Brawl erupts during blackjack game
Bismarck Tribune - May 22, 2012

About 15 people were involved in a fight at a Bismarck casino, which began when a man refused to put out his cigarette. ...

Cigarette Sparks Bar Fight
KFYR-TV - May 21, 2012

Police say a manager asked a Wyoming man to put out his cigarette and told him that smoking indoors was illegal in Bismarck. The man refused, then threw his ...

Cavalier is eighth ND city to pass smoke-free law
Wahpeton Daily News - May 11, 2012

BISMARCK, ND (AP) ­ A state agency that administers money from a tobacco settlement says Cavalier is the eighth city in North Dakota to pass a smoke-free ...

Cavalier goes smoke free
Grand Forks (ND) Herald - May 9, 2012

Cavalier, N.D., has gone smoke free. The City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits smoking in public indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

Secondhand smoke: Girl's a drama queen, but she has a point
Crookston Daily Times (ND)- April 20, 2012

So sometimes, the girl's pleas for a law in North Dakota to ban smoking in public places and, in the process, add precious years to her mom's life, ...

More Smoke Free Minot Bars
KFYR-TV –(ND) - April 18, 2012

More bars are choosing to go smoke free in Minot. Case and point, the Lamplighter Lounge, who recently reopened after the flood. The Lamplighter re-opened ...

RYAN BAKKEN: Another one snuffs the butts
Grand Forks Herald - Apr 15, 2012

Within five years, smoking will be banned in all public buildings in North Dakota.
That’s my bold prediction for 2012. … However, the Cavalier City Council recently voted unanimously to institute a smoking ban. It has to be passed a second time to become official, but there’s no sign of a reversal. …

Air Quality Study
KFYR-TV - April 9, 2012

A year ago this month Bismarck voters decided in a special election to pass a smoke free ordinance that forced people to light up outside of bars and truck stops in the city. Smokers at bars like The Stadium that used to allow smoking inside now have to light up outside of the bar. And the Burleigh Department of Public health says that by forcing smokers outdoors the particle pollution levels indoors have declined by 96-percent. ...

Smoking ban gets mixed reviews one year after passage
Bismarck Tribune, April 9, 2012

A year after smoking was banned in Bismarck establishments, one of the groups behind the effort says that indoor air quality has increased dramatically. Bismarck bars, however, report mixed results from the ban. …

One Year Since Bismarck Smoking Ban
KFYR-TV (ND) - April 9, 2012

Bismarck bars went smoke-free almost a year ago. That hasn`t stopped Bismarck smokers from lighting up inside bars in other cities. …

Smoke exposure is still a killer
Bismarck Tribune - Apr 7, 2012

As a resident of Bismarck, nursing student and a parent, I am writing to express my concerns about smoking and secondhand smoke in North Dakota. Smoking and ...

Valley City trying to go smoke free
WDAY (ND)- April 4, 2012

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a huge push to make add another North Dakota city Smoke Free. If Valley City leaders agree, it will be the 8th smoke ...

Most VC bars going smoke free
Valley City (ND) Times-Record, 2012-03-26

With the Labor Club and now the Eagles Aerie going smoke free on April 2, the balance of smoking versus non-smoking bars in Valley City will shift 7-6 to non-smoking. The Eagles manager Rich Hass said club members voted 31-11 to go smoke free. …

Two Valley City bars going smoke free
WDAY - March 22, 2012

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - Two busy bars in Valley City are making a rare move to go smoke free before being forced by law. Feelings are mixed. …

Theresa Knox, Grand Forks, letter: Grand Forks' laws help snuff ...
Grand Forks Herald (ND)- March 21, 2012

In the wake of the ordinance, Grand Forks locations that had permitted indoor smoking saw indoor particle pollution levels decline 92 percent to low levels ...

North Dakota Kids 'Kick Butts' on March 21
Manufacturing Digital (press release) March 21, 2012

Nationally, 19.5 percent of high school students still smoke, and another 1000 kids become regular smokers every day. In North Dakota, tobacco use claims ...

City mulls ban on smoking
Daniel Woods Williston (ND) Herald March 6, 2012

At its Feb. 29 meeting the Williston City Commission received a citizen's letter regarding smoking policies in Williston. Dr. Ron Seeley wrote to the commissioners to request the city to adopt a"city-wide ban on indoor smoking." Seeley said many citizens no longer go out because smoking has become intolerable in places that serve both alcohol and food. ...

Study says Grand Forks smoking ban saved lives
Author says cause-effect unproven but pattern is similar to other communities
Grand Forks Herald, March 3, 2012

Banning smoking in Grand Forks bars may have put a dent in the number of heart attacks in the city, according to a new UND study. There were 24.1 percent fewer heart attack admissions at Altru Hospital in the four months after Aug. 15, 2010, compared to the four months before, a difference of 20 admissions, the study found. The rate of death following all admissions dropped from 2.5 percent to 1.8 percent, a difference of 83 lives. …

Linton's Push to Go Smoke Free
KXNews.com (ND), March 2, 2012

A recent survey reveals 73% of Linton residents support ALL workplaces being smoke free. Monday night the Smoke Free Linton Coalition will encourage the Linton City Council to a pass a smoke free ordinance. …

Grand Forks hookah lounge first in state
Park Rapids (ND) Enterprise - March 1, 2012

Dreas Hooka Lounge is the only place in Grand Forks and the first in North Dakota that features smoking with hookahs, or water pipes. …

Wallace Radtke, Fargo, letter: Anti-tobacco work makes a huge difference
Grand Forks (ND) Herald - February 27, 2012

FARGO ­ In honor of American Heart Month, I’d like to remind people of the ways North Dakota’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy has improved our state’s heart health. …

Smoke-Free Laws Lower Health Risk
KFYR-TV – February 27, 2012

A new study out of the University of North Dakota finds that smoke-free laws in the state reduce heart attacks. Researchers evaluated eight months worth of ...

Theresa Will, Bismarck, column: Tobacco prevention pays off in ND
Grand Forks (ND) Herald - January 27, 2012

Since the comprehensive program was put in place, an additional five communities have passed smoke-free ordinances prohibiting smoking in public places, ...

N.D. making OK grades in fighting tobacco
Minot (ND) Daily News, January 23, 2012

North Dakota has made the grade in certain aspects of tobacco control, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. …

Forum editorial: Teen rates of smoking down in North Dakota
INFORUM, December 13, 2011

Despite the naysayers’ nay-saying, money spent in North Dakota for comprehensive tobacco prevention programs is generating measurable results. Smoking rates among high school students are down, as are usage rates for other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, snuff and dip. ...

Daphne Fallis, Park River, N.D., letter -- The evidence is in: Secondhand smoke kills
Grand Forks Herald, December 4, 2011

...the deleterious effects of passive smoking have been more controversial and the data indicating harm are not as persuasive as for active smoking that is until now. ...attacks and sudden death before and after a workplace smoking ban in the county in which the Mayo Clinic is ...That dramatic a fall in risk is unlikely to be due to anything other than the ban on public smoking ...What more evidence does the state of North Dakota need to make it a state law to ban smoking in ...

Emily Miller, Grand Forks, letter: Crack down on smoking near doors
Grand Forks Herald, December 4, 2011

I support Grand Forks smoke free policy and would like to see all parts of the ban enforced. ...I have seen people smoking while standing directly outside of the bars but the police officers monitoring the bars do ...That ’s 50 000 preventable deaths and implementing the smoking ban is one step Grand Forks is taking to decrease ...Now all we need to do is eliminate smoking outside the bars doors so customers when leaving don’t have ...

N.D. Quitline calls double over past 2 years
Bismarck Tribune, November 6, 2011

(AP) -- The state Health Department says the Quitline program fielded 13,000 calls between 2009 and 2011. …

Smoke free, business hasn't declined
Wahpeton (ND) Daily News - Carrie McDermott - October 11, 2011

Several bars in Richland County have voluntarily gone smoke-free, eliminating the exposure of their customers and employees to secondhand smoke. ... according to the North Dakota Department of Health. ... When the family bought the business, smoking was allowed in the bar but not the restaurant. ...

'Everything out here's a mess'
Bismarck Tribune (ND) October 8, 2011

"Both our customers and employees want someplace to smoke where they can get out of the cold." - Bill Hixson, a Bismarck businessman, talking about putting ...

Some smoking shelters still allowed in Bismarck
Bismarck (ND) Tribune, 2011-10-01, LEANN ECKROTH Bismarck Tribune

Patrons of the Sports Page on Tacoma Avenue will soon be able to utilize a smoking shelter that is near completion on the west side of the south Bismarck bar. ...

Correction: Wrong years compared
InForum, September 16, 2011

Correction Wrong years compared. The time period of the drop in adult smoking rates was erroneously reported in a story titled Adults smoking rates down in ND on Page A3 of Thursday ’s Forum. The rate in North Dakota dropped from 18 6 percent in 2009 to 17 4 percent in 2010 ...

CDC reports drop in ND adult smokers
Grand Forks Herald - September 15, 2011

AP - BISMARCK, ND The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fewer adults are smoking in North Dakota. ...

McKONE: Ads remain a powerful anti-smoking tool
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2011-09-04
Pat McKone

In a recent letter regarding tobacco prevention programs in North Dakota, the author criticizes current media messaging around the cost of tobacco to all residents and offers solutions that are not based on science (“Anti-smoking ads insult intelligence,” Page A4, Aug. 30). ...

University right to ban smoking
Bismarck Tribune, September 2, 2011

ARTICLE: Bans of public smoking are becoming the norm.Society, as a whole, thinks it is a good thing. …

NDSCS is tobacco free
Wahpeton Daily News - Miles Trump - August 29, 2011

When classes started at North Dakota State College of Science Monday, so did a new tobacco-free campus policy. ...

University of Mary latest school to ban smoking and tobacco on campus
Bismarck Tribune, August 21, 2011

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation says at least 530 colleges nationwide are smoke free, while the American Lung Association of Oregon says at least ...

RYAN BAKKEN: Smoke-free without the regulations
Grand Forks Herald – August 21, 2011

On the one-year anniversary of Grand Forks going smoke-free, southerly neighbor Thompson, ND, followed. Unlike Grand Forks, however, ...

Smoke-free Grand Forks marks one year
Grand Forks Herald - August 16, 2011

Anti-tobacco activists in Grand Forks celebrated the first anniversary of the ban on smoking in bars and truck stops Monday with the release of a study that ...

Michael Houge, Grand Forks, letter: Thanks for making GF workplace smoke-free
Grand Forks Herald - Michael Houge – August 14, 2011

If this law prevents even one person from smoking, it will have been worth it. GRAND FORKS ­ In honor of the one-year anniversary of a Smoke Free Grand Forks, I’d like to write this letter of appreciation. ...

Viewpoint: One year of smoke-free Grand Forks
Dr. Eric L. Johnson
Grand Forks Herald, Sunday, August, 7, 2011

GRAND FORKS - On Aug. 15, our community celebrates the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Grand Forks Smoke Free ordinance. …

InFocus with Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling
Great Plains Examiner - Matt Bunk - July 11, 2011

Bismarck passed a smoking ban in bars and tobacco stores. What do you think of that idea? Well, my personal opinion is if it's a legal product you should have the right to do it. If you own the building and you want to let somebody smoke in there ...

Last day for smoking in Devils Lake bars
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Mike Bellmore - June 30, 2011

So he's planning to take things in stride Friday morning when he turns the key to open his downtown Devils Lake bar. That's when the new city-wide ban on smoking in bars and public places goes into effect. ...

Bismarck did right on smoking
Bismarck Tribune - Bev Berger - May 17, 2011

Hopefully, all North Dakota's communities will someday be protected from secondhand smoke through comprehensive laws. Smoking is the leading preventable ...

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Minot Bars
KFYR-TV - Rich Wisniewski - May 3, 2011

The goal of the group is to ban smoking in all bars in Minot. Last year, she made her pitch to the City Council, but it wasn`t well received. ...

Bismarck now officially bans smoking in bars, truck stops
Bismarck Tribune, April 27, 2011

Bismarck's bars, truck stops and tobacco shops are now officially smoke-free.

The Bismarck City Commission accepted the April 19 special election results that put the ban into effect and set its start at 1 a.m. today, after the bars closed.

Final election results were:

-- 5,282 voted to ban smoking and 3,563 voted no.

-- 4,490 voted not to allow smoking huts and to ban smoking and 4,294 favored allowing smoking huts and banning smoking.

-- 4,467 opposed using city sales tax money to pay for the special election while 4,187 favored it.

Some of opponents of the ban argued this week that the wording on the second ballot item confused voters because it mentioned both allowing smoking huts and repeated the smoking ban language.

No legal challenge came before the commission Tuesday to stop the ban. ...

Forum editorial: Bismarck clears air in its bars
Opponents of a smoking ban in Bismarck had their day at the polls last week, and they lost
InForum, April 27, 2011

Opponents of a smoking ban in Bismarck had their day at the polls last week, and they lost.

After the Bismarck City Council approved a smoking ban in bars last year, opponents of the ban gathered enough signatures to put the question (and another) on the city ballot. The results were predictable. Like voters in nearly every other place a smoking ban has been on the ballot, Bismarck voters said by a 60 percent margin that the ban should stay in place. Additionally, 51 percent of voters rejected the idea of allowing bars to build smoking huts for patrons who go outside to smoke.

The dual vote confirmed that the voters of Bismarck (about 9,000 came out for the special ballot) did not buy the tired arguments of smoking ban opponents. If opponents believed the City Council’s proposed ban was out of step with the people of Bismarck, the overwhelming support for a ban demonstrates just how wrong opponents were. The rejection of the “butt hut” option sent an especially strong message to ban opponents.

The outcome should not be a surprise. Bismarck joins North Dakota’s other three large cities by going with a ban. ...

Smoking Ban
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - April 25, 2011

A major conflict with Bismarck`s Special Election Ballot means a smoking ban in bars could be overturned. The city commission was expected to approve the smoking ban at its meeting tomorrow night, but now citizens are questioning the 2nd ordinance on ...

Making criminals out of everyone
Bismarck Tribune, April 24, 2011

ARTICLE: Bismarck, you have voted to force bar owners to no longer let people smoke in their bars, all in the name of public safety. Under the age of 21 the public has no legal right to enter these establishments. Over the age of 21, people should already know they have a choice whether to enter t…

A great example of hypocrisy
Bismarck Tribune, April 23, 2011

ARTICLE: A majority of the people who voted on the smoking ban in Bismarck on Tuesday approved one of the greatest examples of hypocrisy in mankind’s history by declaring smoking in bars to be unhealthy and a punishable offense.

Bismarck voters approve smoking ban but no smoke huts
Bismarck Tribune, April 20, 2011

Bismarck voters said no to smoking on Tuesday.

Voters chose to make all bars smoke-free in a special referendum election. They also rejected allowing smoking huts for bar patrons wishing to puff outside

The ban is expected to take effect next week, after ballots are verified by the Bismarck City Commission. That could be next Tuesday or April 27, said city administrator Bill Wocken. "The commission will decide," he said.

The smoking ban for all bars, truck stops and tobacco shops passed with 5,273 yes votes to 3,554 no votes, said Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt.

The measure that allowed smoking huts, but implemented the smoking ban, was rejected 4,482 to 4,285. ...

Bismarck smoking ban vote: Where to go, ballot details
Bismarck Tribune, April 18, 2011

ARTICLE: The special election asking Bismarck voters if they wish to ban smoking in all bars, truck stops and tobacco stores will be held Tuesday for residents within city limits. …

Bismarck voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to ban smoking in bars
Daily Journal - April 18, 2011

Bismarck city commissioners last fall approved an ordinance banning smoking in bars, truck stops and tobacco stores. The ban was to go into effect on Nov. 1, but a group of bar workers submitted enough referral petitions to bring the matter to a public ...

An easy decision for Bismarck
Bismarck Tribune, April 17, 2011

ARTICLE: Local issues are often best decided by locals. When it comes to smoking in bars, Mayor John Warford and the majority of Bismarck city commissioners took the lead last fall by moving Bismarck toward a modern smoke-free community. On Tuesday, Bismarck voters will have a chance to affirm the…

Bismarck voters to decide on smoking ban
Bismarck Tribune, April 16, 2011

VMIX: On April 19, Bismarck voters will determine whether smoking will be banned in certain public places. The American Lung Association of North Dakota is advocating the passage of the measure. However, local bar patrons are mixed in their opinions.

Voters to decide smoking issue Tuesday
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - Apr 16, 2011

4-11-2011 On April 19, Bismarck voters will determine whether smoking will be banned in certain public places. The American Lung Association of North Dakota is advocating the passage of the measure. However, local bar patrons are mixed in their ...

Smoking supporters say it's about freedom
Bismarck Tribune, April 16, 2011

ARTICLE: "We want them to vote no on both measure one and two, but to educate them in letting them know they will be losing their freedoms to choose,"said Keith Holzer, spokesman for the Employees for Individual Freedom. They referred the Bismarck City Commission vote to ban smoking in all bars. …

Ban backers say it's about health
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - Apr 16, 2011

ARTICLE: "It's all about the right to breathe clean air," said Kimberlee Schneider, manager of Advocacy Control for the American Lung Association and spokesperson for Smoke Free Bismarck. ...

Bar workers want no vote
Bismarck Tribune, April 16, 2011

IMAGE: TOM STROMME/Tribune Keith Holzer, left, and Mike Peluso are urging the people of Bismarck to vote no on April 19 to preserve their rights. Holzer is a spokesman for those advocating to keep the present smoking ordinance and Peluso is one of the owners of The Stadium / Lodge in north Bismarck. …

Health laws don't limit our freedom
Bismarck Tribune, April 7, 2011

ARTICLE: No one is taking away any smoker's right to smoke. …

ND college students boozing less, smoking more pot
Bismarck Tribune - April 7, 2011

BISMARCK, ND (AP) - A new report says North Dakota college students are drinking less and smoking more marijuana. The study used information gathered last year from almost 4000 students in North Dakota's 11 public colleges and Jamestown College in ...

VIDEO: Special Election on Smoking Ban to be Held April 19
KFYR-TV-Ch.5 (Bismark, ND), 2011-04-07 ...

Special election to test voting centers
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - April 6, 2011

... April 19 Bismarck special election over whether smoking should be banned in ... allow smoking huts because it also includes language for the smoking ban ...

Travers, M.J.; Vogl, L., "Grand Forks, North Dakota air quality monitoring study," Roswell Park Cancer Institute, April 2011.

This report summarized the findings of an air quality study in bars and restaurants in Grand Forks, North Dakota, pre- and post-implementation of a smokefree ordinance. The study concluded that prior to the ordinance taking effect, in establishments where smoking was permitted the "level of particle air pollution was 11 times higher than outdoor air in North Dakota." After the ordinance took effect, "In the Grand Forks locations that permitted indoor smoking, indoor particle pollution levels declined 92% as a result of the local smoke-free air law to low levels, similar to outdoor levels found in 2010." The report included a graphic illustrating the findings.

Vote for health, smoke-free pubs
Bismarck Tribune, March 15, 2011

ARTICLE: Nearly 50,000 people die in the U.S. every year from exposure to secondhand smoke. That's a huge number of preventable deaths. …

Bill in North Dakota Legislature would allow minors to eat in bars
Bismarck Tribune - March 2, 2011

Nelson sponsored House Bill 1307, which would allow minors to be in smoke-free bars for the purpose of eating. The bill also requires the establishment to have at least one indoor grill; a pizza oven or a deep-fat fryer won't qualify as a kitchen facility. It would not require bars to be open to minors but would give establishments the option ...

ND Health Dept. budget uses tobacco measure money
Forbes - February 24, 2011

AP , 02.24.11, 11:50 AM EST BISMARCK, ND -- A budget bill for North Dakota's Health Department uses money that the state's voters wanted to be spent on anti-smoking measures. The North Dakota House approved the budget Wednesday. ...

Smoking vote sites selected
LeAnn Eckroth
Bismarck Tribune - February 23, 2011

Two consolidated voting sites have been identified for Bismarck's special smoking vote April 19, said city administrator Bill Wocken. ...

Sharon Clancy, Valley City, ND, letter: 'A Trojan horse full of legislators' in ND
Grand Forks Herald - Sharon Clancy - February 11, 2011

... and second, to terminate North Dakota's tough new initiative that finally gets a handle on preventing kids from taking up smoking and chewing. ...

Joseph DeMasi, Valley City, ND, letter: ND's anti-tobacco programs save lives
Grand Forks Herald - Joseph DeMasi - February 11, 2011

Unfortunately, some members of the North Dakota Legislature don't seem to think “We the People” know what we want. That's why they've introduced House Bill ...

To the morons in ND Legislature
In-Forum - Bernie Maczkowicz - February 11, 2011

Doesn't think bars and truck stops should be included in the smoking ban in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. Stop allowing smoking in ...

Attempt to gut Measure 3 a shameful legislative act
In-Forum - Ron Goodman - February 11, 2011

Cutting use of tobacco products will also help North Dakota taxpayers by lowering the amount of money spent on tobacco-related illness. I quit smoking 32 ...

ND House rejects cigarette tax rise for med school
Bloomberg - February 10, 2011

By AP BISMARCK, ND (AP) ­ A proposal to raise North Dakota's cigarette tax to pay for an expansion of the University of North Dakota's medical school has ...


Angie Martin, Valley City, N.D., letter: Measure 3 offers ‘ounce of prevention’
Angie Martin Valley City N.D.
Grand Forks Herald, February 11, 2011

… letter Measure 3 offers ounce of prevention. ...This was not a suggestion to lawmakers but a mandate by voters. ...They ’ve pitted the UND School of Medicine against tobacco prevention efforts. ...She secretly took up smoking as a high school senior because it was cool. ...But I ’d certainly like to hope that my great niece and nephews her grandchildren never will take up smoking ...

They served to protect freedom
Bismarck Tribune, February 7, 2011

ARTICLE: We fought to preserve the freedoms of everyone, including the members of the Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition. ...

LETTER: Don’t disregard the people’s will
Bismarck (ND) Tribune, 2011-02-06
CAROLYN BODELL Minot

In 2008, the people of North Dakota voted to fund tobacco prevention by passing Measure 3. Today, 80 percent of North Dakotans support the work of the task force formed by Measure 3. We voted to use the tobacco settlement money to fund tobacco prevention efforts and continue to believe that is where the money should be used. ...

LETTER: Despots attempt to ignore voters
Fargo (ND) InForum, 2011-02-05
Vicki Voldal Rosenau, Valley City, N.D.

Something awfully malicious is afoot in our state Capitol. At least six Republican legislators are abusing their super-majority status to tyrannically overturn a vote of the people. ...

Is it the ‘folks back home' or vengeance?
Bismarck Tribune, February 6, 2011

ARTICLE: Legislators make their own choices … Then there is the proposal to take the tobacco settlement money and use it to beef up the Medical School. Now, the Medical School needs the money but the use of the tobacco settlement for anti-tobacco education was approved by the people in an initiated measure in 2008. The people have spoken. North Dakota isn't so poor that we have to rob Peter to pay Paul. Here again, it looks like vengeance. …

Listen when the voters speak
Bismarck Tribune, February 6, 2011

ARTICLE: Diverting the tobacco settlement bad for state … There’s nothing subtle about a legislative attempt to strip North Dakota’s tobacco settlement funds from smoking cessation and prevention programs, using that money to build a nearly $30 million health sciences facility at the University of North Dakota, and add about $6 million to the medical school’s budget to expand residency programs. …

Cigarettes are legal substances
Bismarck Tribune, February 6, 2011

ARTICLE: I am the owner of the Midway Tavern here in Bismarck. A few months ago, the Bismarck City Commission told me that I could no longer allow people to smoke in my bar. …

Hostile reception from committee
InForum, February 6, 2011

...handled a topic that we considered rather hot we were pretty pumped for some action. ...Many of the folks who oppose HB 1353 voted for the money to be placed in actual tobacco programs and not sent to another program build a new medical school. Because of our spirit many who attended this meeting wore red to signify support. ...all smokers who said they would n’t quit smoking for a million dollars ...

ND voters should be furious
InForum, February 6, 2011

I can hardly express my disappointment frustration and anger with House Bill 1353. ...This is a slippery slope into a government where a vote is meaningless. ...It will be no comfort if in 40 years I have a physician tell me my child is dying of cancer because of smoking. Prevention is always the better bet for your money ...

Theresa Knox, Grand Forks, column: Myths and facts about repeal of Measure 3
Grand Forks Herald - Theresa Knox - February 6, 2011

After Monday's hearing, I don't believe all of the North Dakota legislators are listening to the voters. By Theresa Knox GRAND FORKS ­ On Jan. ...

North Dakota Legislature: Smoking in cars bill dies in House
InForum, February 4, 2011

The North Dakota House defeated a bill that would have banned smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 ...The bill stems from a group of Williston students who told lawmakers about the harmful effects of smoking and spoke ...like smoking and making it illegal in private property. There was also concern from lawmakers about the ability of law enforcement to enforce the law. …

Smoking in cars bill killed; Bill to have ladybug as state insect moves to ND ...
Jamestown Sun - February 4, 2011

BISMARCK ­ The North Dakota House defeated a bill that would have banned smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 were present. ...

Bill would ban Internet hunting
Dickinson Press - Teri Finneman - February 4, 2011

The North Dakota House defeated a bill that would have banned smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 were present. The bill stems from a group of ...

Smoke ban in cars with youngsters is rejected by ND House
Bismarck Tribune - February 3, 2011

BISMARCK, ND (AP) - A proposed ban on smoking in cars with passengers who are younger than 13 has been beaten in the North Dakota House. ...

ND smoke ban in cars with youngsters is rejected
NECN - February 3, 2011

BISMARCK, ND (AP) ­ A proposed ban on smoking in cars with passengers who are younger than 13 has been beaten in the North Dakota House. ...

Bill divides medical community
Bismarck Tribune, January 31, 2011

ARTICLE: The medical community was pitted against itself Monday over a bill that would take North Dakota’s tobacco settlement money, intended to help people quit, and spend it instead on expanding the University of North Dakota’s medical school. …

LETTER: Ignoring the people’s vote
Bismarck (ND) Tribune, 2011-01-31
VICKI VOLDAL ROSENAU Valley City

Something awfully malicious is afoot in our state capitol. At least six Republican legislators are abusing their super-majority status to tyrannically overturn a vote of the people. ...

Anti-smoking bill fails
Williston Daily Herald - Nick Smith - February 1, 2011

… before the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on HB 1150. "It is unlawful for the operator or any passenger in a motor vehicle to ignite or ...

Tobacco, UND med school bill up today
Grand Forks Herald - January 31, 2011

A controversial bill that would essentially snuff out North Dakota's tobacco control and prevention efforts to fund the expansion of UND's School of ...

Heidi Heitkamp, Mandan, ND, column: Don't repeal lifesaving, health-affirming ...
Grand Forks Herald - Heidi Heitkamp - Jan 30, 2011

Eleven thousand North Dakota young people living today will die prematurely from tobacco addiction if we maintain our current rate of smoking. ...

Forum editorial: Don't let them gut Measure 3
In-Forum - Jan 29, 2011

The attempt to repeal Measure 3, the reallocation of money received by North Dakota from the national tobacco settlement, constitutes such arrogance. ...

House panel rejects smoking-in-car bill
InForum, January 29, 2011

House panel rejects smoking in car bill. BISMARCK North Dakota lawmakers are recommending do not pass for a bill that would ban smoking with kids in the ...The House Transportation Committee voted 9 5 against the bill. ...It would ban smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 are present even if a window is rolled down. ...The bill will now go to a full vote in the House ...

Petition forced special election
Bismarck Tribune, January 29, 2011

It was only when people like Mike Motschenbacher’s group petitioned to vote on the ordinance that the city commission was required to call an election. …

Legislature commitee: Do not pass bill to ban smoking in cars with children
Jamestown Sun - Teri Finneman - Jan 28, 2011

BISMARCK ­ North Dakota lawmakers are recommending “do not pass” for a bill that would ban smoking with kids in the car. BISMARCK ­ North Dakota lawmakers ...

Bill to ban smoking in cars with kids receives 'do not pass' recommendation from committee
Grand Forks Herald, January 28, 2011

Bill to ban smoking in cars with kids receives do not pass recommendation from committee. BISMARCK North Dakota lawmakers are recommending do not pass for a bill that would ban smoking with kids in the ...The House Transportation Committee voted 9 5 against the bill. ...It would ban smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 are present even if a window is rolled down. ...The bill will now go to a full vote in the House. ...

Senate kills bill offering incentive for bars to go no-smoking
Bismarck Tribune, January 28, 2011

ARTICLE: The state Senate killed a bill that would have offered a tax break to bars that went smoke-free. …

Incentive to go smoke-free supported, attacked
Bismarck Tribune - January 24, 2011

A bill that would offer a tax incentive for bars to go smoke-free had its first hearing Monday, getting backing from the hospitality industry but a negative response from various health groups.

Senate Bill 2216 would effectively give bars that aren’t already in smoke-free towns a 30 percent tax break on the gross receipts tax they pay in lieu of sales tax.

Sponsor Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, said most people prefer smoke-free bars but he doesn’t think state government has a place in forcing bars to make the switch.

“This is our opportunity to improve the cultural environment of our state without removing the virtue of liberty,” Miller said.

The bill got the backing of the North Dakota Hospitality Association, which represents bar owners and others, because it is an incentive rather than a potential punishment, director Rudie Martinson said. ...

Cut out smoking in cars, kids say
InForum, January 22, 2011

Cut out smoking in cars kids say. BISMARCK North Dakota students and tobacco free supporters gave state lawmakers an hour ’s worth of reasons Friday about why they should outlaw smoking with kids in the car. ...The bill would ban smoking in vehicles if children younger than 13 are present even if a window is rolled ...She told lawmakers that other states such as Arkansas Louisiana and California have passed similar laws banning smoking with kids ...

Students testify on anti-smoking bill
Williston Daily Herald - Nick Smith - Jan 22, 2011

A group of Williston students testified in Bismarck Friday on an anti-smoking bill they hope to have passed by the Legislature.

Four ninth-graders made the trip with Wilkinson Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Nancy Selby.

Austin Anderson, Drey Bratcher, Cambree Billehus and Hailey Bendixson, testified before the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on HB 1150. ...

Annual American Lung Association 'Report Card' on Tobacco Control Gives North ...
PR Newswire (press release) - January 20, 2011

North Dakota's score for helping sate employees and people on Medicare quit smoking slipped from a "B" to a "C" this year. A spokesperson for the American ...

Ballot sites for smoking vote studied
Bismarck Tribune, January 19, 2011

Voting sites

Bismarck City Administrator Bill Wocken continues to study sites for the April 19 special election that will decide if all Bismarck bars go smoke-free and if separate smoking huts should be allowed with a bar smoking ban. ...

Bill takes another run at banning smoking with kids in the car
Bismarck Tribune, January 13, 2011

BISMARCK -- Students are the catalyst behind a bill that would ban smoking with children in the car. ...Police officers are supposed to stop everybody that ’s smoking in case there's a kid in the car. ...

Bismarck smoking vote set for April 19
Bismarck Tribune, January 11, 2011

Bismarck voters will decide April 19 whether all city bars go smoke-free.

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the city commission set the ballot date and decided to use only two polling sites — based on a north-south boundary. Those buildings are still being determined.

Commissioner Mike Seminary voted no.

City administrator Bill Wocken suggested either an April 16 or April 19 vote, after he consulted with Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt.

Using only two sites and an absentee ballots would save labor costs, Wocken said. The city typically uses 28 polling sites.

Most commissioners felt the April 19 date, a Tuesday, would bring a stronger turnout because it is a weekday. ...

Legislators content with tobacco rules, any new efforts may be local
Bismarck Tribune, December 30, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota lawmakers appear content to allow smoking to continue in bars and truck stops, and have little enthusiasm for increasing the state's tobacco taxes to deter cigarette and smokeless tobacco use, an Associated Press survey of legislators says. …

Devils Lake bans smoking in bars

Devils Lake outlaws smoking in bars on 3-2 city commission vote
Rule becomes effective July 1 in city of 7,000
By: Stephen J. Lee
Grand Forks Herald, December 20, 2010

The Devils Lake City Commission outlawed smoking in all bars and restaurants that previously had been exempt from the state-wide ban on smoking in public places.

The vote Monday night was 3-2, said Mayor Richard Johnson, who is a voting member of the commission.

The change goes into effect July 1.

"That gives them some time to prepare, with a smoking hut, or whatever," Johnson said.

The vote follows an advisory vote taken during the general election in November when; 58 percent voted for such a ban, and 42 percent opposed it, Johnson said.

The bars in the town of about 7,000 already had been on notice such a ban was likely and some are planning to build some structure to allow smoking in a separate area, Johnson said. ...

No more smoking in city vehicles
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - December 8, 2010
Sue Kraft

“We've been smoke-free in our buildings for years,” he added. The commission agreed and unanimously voted to disallow smoking in city vehicles. ...

Devils Lake could have public smoking ban soon
Bismarck Tribune, November 21, 2010

DEVILS LAKE (AP) ­ Devils Lake city leaders will vote soon on a ban on smoking in public places including bars.

The City Commission will have the first reading of a new ordinance on Dec. 6, with a final reading Dec. 20. …

City takes steps to make smoking ban law, or not
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - November 16, 2010

Devils Lake, ND — Individuals on both sides of the smoking issue filled the Devils Lake City Hall meeting room Monday night as the commission met in its regular meeting.

On the visitor’s list to speak about the issue were Rick LaFleur, Sarah Bergeron, Gloria Kushel, Diane Hubbard, Mary Hoffner, P.J. Meier, Eric Omedal and Dick Prozinski who reminded the commissioners of the expected lost revenue that may accompany banning smoking in the bars and clubs of the city.

Bartenders stood to ask the city not to pass the ordinance because they feared for their jobs. Bar owners stood to ask the city to allow them to have the choice whether to be smoke-free or not.

A couple of people who spoke challenged the validity of the vote from Nov. 2 since residents from outside the city limits who frequent the bars were not allowed to vote on the issue.

Mayor Dick Johnson explained to them that the City Commission only has jurisdiction over the city, and it will be a city ordinance, therefore only voters from within the city limits were asked to vote on the issue.

He laid out the next steps they would take towards making the ordinance a law, or not.

“At our first meeting in December will be the the first reading of the ordinance and then at the second meeting, on December 20, there will be time for input from the public and the second reading. Then we as a commission will vote on the ordinance. That’s the process from here on,” he stated ...

Devils Lake smoking ban could be in place by the spring
Grand Forks Herald, November 15, 2010

A smoking ban could be in place in Devils Lake by spring.

The Devils Lake City Commission likely will have the first reading of a new ordinance on Dec. 6, with the final reading Dec. 20.

The timetable was put into motion by the Nov. 2 Election, when Devils Lake voters approved a ban on smoking in public places, including bars, by a 1,281-936 vote, or a margin of about 58 percent to 42 percent.

The commission discussed the vote and the proposed ordinance at its meeting Monday evening.

“The vote sent a strong signal that people want the ban,” Mayor Dick Johnson said. “Now that we’ve had the advisory vote, it can’t be referred.” ...

Ban smoking in public buildings
By ZACH BOEHM Bismarck
Bismarck Tribune, November 12, 2010

I’m responding to the discussion on the smoking ban in local bars and the outcome that should be the result. I think that there should be a law that bans smoking in any public building.

Of course, not everyone is going to want to smell like smoke.

But then there should also be designated smoking areas around the local places where people would most likely smoke at, like bars. I think this idea would solve the conflict and people wouldn’t be having all the problems with this addiction. …

Date pending for Bismarck's smoking ban ballot for bars
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - November 9, 2010

Bismarck voters aren’t expected to decide whether the city’s bars go smoke free until at least March.

The Bismarck City Commission on Tuesday approved voting language, but directed its staff to study the election date and type of election further.

City commissioners opted to have Burleigh County Auditor Kevin Glatt’s office run the election.

City administrator Bill Wocken said city officials had met with Glatt, who advised them he cannot schedule a special election until early March due to property taxes and end-of-year work.

Wocken said the city might choose between a regular election at the same precincts, limited precincts or a mail ballot.

“We could also go with large polling places at one or two places in the city,” he said.

Wocken said staff needs more time to research the types of elections before it makes a recommendation.

The city commission had approved the smoking ban on Aug. 24. In late October, a group of bar workers brought in enough petition signatures to suspend the Nov. 1 start of the ban pending a vote.

The commission can set a special city election or wait until the next city election in June of 2012 for voters to decide. ...

Smoking vote update
KXNet.com - November 9, 2010

The ballots are a go, but the date is still unknown.

The Bismarck City Commission met this evening to discuss the election, that will decide whether or not Bismarck goes smoke free ...

Commissioners Discuss Smoking Ban
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - November 9, 2010

Bismarck City Commissioners can set a date at any time to hold an election to decide whether the city allows smoking in bars. On

Tuesday, commissioners approved election ballot wording on two separate ordinances that would ban smoking in bars and allow for outdoor smoking shelters. Commissioners have the option of putting it on the June ballot or call for a special election. Commissioners also voted to have the Burleigh County Auditor run the election whenever it takes place.

City Administrator Bill Wocken explained, "The auditor tells us that because of the property tax statements, tax payments and year end activities, that his office would find it very difficult to conduct an election in January or February or even December for that matter. So he would propose early March would be a good date for him to work this in." ...

Smoke-shacks go up as winter looms
Grand Forks Herald, November 8, 2010

... There’s been a kind of construction boom in Grand Forks lately, but you’d miss it unless you dropped by your local bar. Workers have been putting up smoking shelters, preparing for the bone-chilling months ahead ­ the first winter smoking has been banned in Grand Forks bars. Out behind Joe Black’s downtown, they’re building a shelter with outdoor heaters, big enough for 25, said Denny Blackmun, one of the owners. It could accommodate more, but because the city’s ban requires smokers to be 15 feet away from any doorway, only 40 percent of the area under the roof is usable. ...

N.D. REGION COUNTY RACES: Devils Lake voters OK smoking ban; few county commissioners ousted
Grand Forks Herald, November 2, 2010

N.D. REGION COUNTY RACES Devils Lake voters OK smoking ban few county commissioners ousted. ...Devils Lake voters overwhelmingly favor a ban on smoking in public indoor places including bars. ...City Commission President Dick Johnson has said if the vote was overwhelming one way or the other the Commission likely will approve the ban. The proposed ordinance also places limits on outdoor smoking shelters ...

Smokers can light up outside
Bismarck Tribune, October 29, 2010
By NICK THOMPSON Lincoln

In response to all of this talk of the smoking ban, I am very confused.

How is it that the passing of a no-smoking-in-bars ordinance infringes on the “rights” of smokers?

No one is saying that they can’t smoke at all. They are just being asked to smoke outside. …

Bismarck bar smoke ban will go to public vote
Forum, October 28, 2010

BISMARCK – A new city ordinance banning smoking in Bismarck bars will go to a public vote.

The city has certified referral petitions submitted by a group of bar workers. The City Commission on Tuesday night directed City Attorney Charlie Whitman to draft a ballot measure.

The commission on Nov. 9 will consider setting a date for the vote. Commissioners can wait until the next regular city election in June 2012 or schedule a special city election.

The ban was to have taken effect Monday but was put on hold. ...

Smoking bans and revenue
Bismarck Tribune, October 27, 2010

ARTICLE: What usually happens after a city or state ordinance makes bars smoke-free is a slight, brief dip in bar revenue and then an increase to pre-ordinance levels or higher. …

Bismarck accepts petitions from smoking ban opponents
Bismarck Tribune, October 26, 2010

ARTICLE: Monday's start of the Bismarck smoking ban has been suspended. …

Anti-smoking ban opponents have enough signatures
Bismarck Tribune, October 26, 2010

ARTICLE: Opponents of a city ordinance that would ban smoking in all Bismarck bars and a related smoking hut ordinance might send the issue to a city vote. …

City Will Vote On Smoking Ban
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - October 27, 2010

Tuesday night city commissioners certified petitions that will put a smoking ban before a public vote. In August commissioners passed a law that would have ...

Smoking ban opponents submit petitions
Bismarck Tribune, October 21, 2010

… A committee of Bismarck bar workers hauled two boxloads of signatures to the the fourth floor of the City County building Thursday, asking that a Nov. 1 smoking ban be referred to a citywide vote, the workers also want a building code for smoking huts to go to the ballot. …

Petitions submitted for Bismarck bar smoking ban
NECN - October 22, 2010

BISMARCK, ND (AP) ­ A group of Bismarck bar workers has submitted signatures to try to refer a new city ordinance banning smoking in bars to a public vote. ...

Smoking Petition
KXNet.com - October 22, 2010

If the group does indeed have enough valid signatures the actions of the city commission, which were to pass the comprehensive smoking ban and the smoking ...

What's on the ballot?
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - October 20, 2010

... The City Commission of Devils Lake has requested the voters of the city advise them on the smoking issue, according to the Devils Lake city code. This is an advisory vote, only, it in no way binds the commission to act on its outcome.

The issue is prohibiting smoking in public, indoor workplaces. It limits where businesses may build smoking shelters and what can be done within those shelters.

A Yes vote means you advise the City Commission to adopt the smoking ordinance.

A No vote means you advise the City Commission to not adopt the ordiance. ...

Bismarck bar smoking ban might go to public vote
Associated Press (AP), 2010-10-19

A group of Bismarck bar workers says it has collected more than enough signatures to refer a new city ordinance banning smoking in bars to a vote of the people.

North Dakota Public Radio reports that the group plans to take the petitions to City Hall on Thursday afternoon. ...

Smoking ban foes say drive going well
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - October 13, 2010

“We have well over 1,000 signatures. We’ll have an exact count Friday,” said Keith Holzer, spokesman for a group that seeks a citywide vote on whether all Bismarck bars should go smoke-free.

The campaign, backed by 16 bar workers in the city, kicked off about a week ago.

The initiated measure comes after the Bismarck City Commission set the ban to start Nov. 1. The ban was approved with a 4-1 commission vote Aug. 24.

On Sept. 28, the commission also approved an ordinance that allows separate smoking huts away from bars and clubs affected. Under the smoking hut ordinance, workers cannot serve patrons in the huts, and cannot work there on behalf of their employers. ...

Thanks to city commissioners
Bismarck Tribune, October 12, 2010

At its Sept. 28 meeting, the Bismarck City Commission once again made public health a primary concern.

At that meeting, the commission maintained the Nov. 1 dates for Bismarck bars to become smoke-free. Bar workers and patrons will be protected from secondhand smoke, a leading cause of cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems.

The commission agreed to consider compromises that would allow bar owners to build smoking shelters, but did not compromise on health issues.

If we all work together with a positive attitude, this new law can be a "win" for everyone concerned: bar employees, bar patrons, bar owners and the city of Bismarck. Thank you, Bismarck City Commission. ...

A coalition history lesson
Bismarck Tribune, October 12, 2010

Here’s a quick history lesson about the Tobacco Free Coalition, which recently coaxed our city commission to ban smoking in bars, truck stops, tobacco shops, clubs, and all public places.

Yes, you read that correct, all public places.

In the early part of this decade, the coalition argued that people deserved to breathe clean air but the opposition argued that people already had that ability by simply avoiding bars that allowed smoking. The group failed at the state Legislature to implement bans several times. ...

No-smoking Ordinance
Bismarck Tribune, October 11, 2010

Ordinance in PDF Format.

Bismarck bar workers want no-smoking repeal
Bismarck Tribune, October 8, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group of Bismarck bar employees are starting a campaign for a referendum on a city ordinance that bans smoking in bars.

The ban takes effect Nov. 1. Referral supporters need to turn in petitions with at least 971 names by Oct. 22.

Referral spokesman Keith Holzer said the sponsoring committee includes employees from more than a dozen Bismarck bars. He said they're afraid that the no-smoking ordinance will mean fewer customers and put their jobs in jeopardy. ...

Medora mayor drops smoking ban ordinance
Dickinson Press - Lisa Miller - October 6, 2010

Medora Mayor Doug Ellison didn’t want people smoking in public places and in area businesses but he said Tuesday there’s not enough local support for a ban and is dropping a proposed ordinance.

“After talking with residents and businesses I think it’s too divisive of an issue right now,” he said. “I’d like a little more local support before we pursue it.”

“I’m glad he withdrew the ordinances,” said Olie Golberg, Knotty Pine Bar owner. “With all the opposition I would have been surprised if he didn’t.”

Withdrawing the ordinance gives the City Council more time to see what the community needs are, said Bobbie Olson, Southwest District Health Unit tobacco prevention and control coordinator. ...

Citywide Smoking Ban Denied
KFYR-TV - Jennifer Schwan - September 29, 2010

An advocacy group is asking the city council Wednesday to consider passing a smoke free ordinance in Minot.

A crowded council chamber was the setting Wednesday as the STAMP coalition asked the City Council Public Works and Safety Committee to adopt a smoke-free ordinance.

People on both sides of the issue attended the meeting.

Those in favor of a smoking ban say the council should protect the freedom to breathe.

Those against a ban say the freedom to choose to smoke or not must be consdidered.

The committee voted 3-1 to not forward the request to the entire City Council.

Bars allowed to install shelters for smokers
Crookston Daily Times - September 29, 2010

Bar owners wanted commissioners to delay the no smoking ordinance because they say contractors are busy and it will take some time to get those shelters ...

Bismarck votes to allow smoking huts for bars
By LeAnn Eckroth
Bismarck Tribune, September 28, 2010

Bismarck City Commissioners Tuesday agreed to allow bars to build smoking huts near their businesses, but kept the Nov. 1 start of a new smoking ban for pubs.

The law allows shelters to be built for smoking patrons away from the bar, yet bans employees from serving or working in the huts on behalf of their employers. Workers may enter the smoke area during time off or breaks. No food will be allowed in the huts.

Workers also may enter for an emergency or during an altercation. …

Smoking Ban Won`t Be Put On Hold
KFYR-TV-Ch.5 (Bismark, ND), 2010-09-28

There will be no delay. The smoking ban in Bismarck bars will go into effect November 1st. City Commissioners made some major decisions Tuesday night regarding the smoking ban and providing a place where smokers can still light up.

The meeting was packed as commissioners listened to bar owners who wanted more time to build proper smoking shelters with lights, heaters and seating for customers. Many said they were having trouble finding contractors to do the work this time of year, and hadn`t budgeted for the extra cost of building them. They also heard from those who wanted to keep the November deadline, saying delaying it would continue to jeopardize employee health.

The shelters are required to have 25% open airspace but that area must be covered by a chain link since people can bring drinks with them. Smoking huts must also have a closed off walkway between them and the bar and while benches are allowed inside, food, tables, and chairs are not. ...

"Butt huts" approved in Bismarck
KFGO - September 29, 2010

The "no smoking" ordinance takes effect November first. Bar owners argued for a delay because they say they can't find contractors to build the shelters. ...

Bars allowed to install shelters for smokers
Grand Forks Herald - September 29, 2010

Bar owners wanted commissioners to delay the no smoking ordinance because they say contractors are busy and it will take some time to get those shelters ...

Smoking Ban Won`t Be Put On Hold
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - September 29, 2010

The smoking ban in Bismarck bars will go into effect November 1st. City Commissioners made some major decisions Tuesday night regarding the smoking ban and ...

Tougher Laws Being Made To Force Individuals To Quit Smoking
Worlds Breaking News - September 28, 2010

Minot was crowned the first city in North Dakota in 2001 to pass a smoke-free restaurants ordinance to not only protect the non smokers in their restaurant ...

Smoking ban is healthy change
Bismarck Tribune, September 28, 2010

… Freedom is something we all want, but in this changed world ­ is “unrestricted” freedom something we can all still have? Smokers usually die earlier than the rest of us and they die of conditions that take costly medical care. …

Coalition proposes expanding Minot’s smoking restriction
Minot (ND) Daily News, 2010-09-27
JILL SCHRAMM, Staff Writer

A local tobacco prevention group is asking the Minot City Council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in bars, smoke shops and other public places where it currently is not illegal.

"We are just very hopeful that the Minot City Council will agree that it's time that we extend the protection in the work place to other employees who haven't been protected," said STAMP Coalition president Mary Muhlbradt.

Minot bar and club owners reserved comment until after a private meeting today to discuss the proposed ordinance change.

'Butt hut' laws examined
Bismarck Tribune, September 27, 2010

The smoke hasn’t fully cleared on Bismarck’s tobacco laws. City commissioners will mull a new code that allows “butt huts” near the bars on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. at the City/County Building. It follows a smoking ban enacted on a…

Stay steadfast on smoking ban
Bismarck Tribune, September 25, 2010

The city commission should remain steadfast on the public health issue, and not be distracted by an unrelated argument designed only to confuse and delay enactment of the no-smoking ordinance it already approved. …

Making up the difference
Bismarck Tribune - Dennis Robinson - September 27, 2010

I am amazed at how the smoking ban is being pushed down people's ...

Smoking ban is for health
Bismarck Tribune, September 23, 2010

The smoke-free ordinance that was passed Aug. 24 addressed the health of workers and patrons in Bismarck bars, clubs and truck stops. It was not intended to punish smokers. It was intended to protect people from deadly secondhand smoke. …

THE EATBEAT: Food sales rise as smoke leaves Joe Black’s Bar & Grill
By: Marilyn Hagerty,
Grand Forks Herald, September 22, 2010

Food sales rise as smoke leaves Joe Black ’s Bar Grill. ...Joe Black’s menu has sandwiches, burgers, wraps, subs, soup and salad, appetizers, pasta, pizza and lavosh. Co-owner Dennis Blackmun brought the onion soup with him from the former River Bend supper club in 2006. But he said the walleye, ribs and steak dinners that he tried to sell did not appeal to the customers. So, he switched the menu around, and with a smile, he said, “We’ve got business now.”

He keeps smiling when he talks of the no-smoking ban in bars. He used to see potential food customers turn around and leave because of the smell that greeted them. He believes even smokers now appreciate the cleaner, smoke-free environment. ...

Thanks for the smoking ban
By DARREL ALESON
Bismarck Tribune, September 18, 2010

Mayor Warford and the Bismarck City Commission deserve our thanks. They recently enacted an ordinance making Bismarck bars smoke free.

Even with two brand-new members, the commission tackled a hard issue in a respectful, responsible way and did the right thing. …

Medora smoking policy to be introduced
Dickinson Press - Ashley Martin - September 16, 2010

MEDORA — Mayor Doug Ellison wants to minimize smoking in Medora, but some residents say he should butt out.

Ellison, a nonsmoker, recently sent a letter to city council members, proposing they pass an antismoking ordinance. His proposal would ban smoking on city property — including streets and sidewalks — and in bars.

“The momentum is building for towns to do this and I just think it’s a good thing to do and I think Medora should help lead the way,” Ellison said. “I’m just introducing it to the council and urging them to adopt it." ...

Bismarck can breathe easier
Bismarck Tribune, September 16, 2010
By Kimberlee Schneider

Bismarck can breathe a little easier, thanks to the recent efforts of the Bismarck City Commission in passing a no smoking ordinance.

The 4-1 vote was taken after an equally timed and thorough discussion from both proponents and opponents of the ban.

Although not a new debate, the conversation was enough for commissioners to move the ordinance forward.

Bismarck now joins Grand Forks, West Fargo, Fargo and Napoleon in being smoke-free communities across our state.

On behalf of the American Lung Association, I would like to thank our commissioners and the community for their support in the process.

North Dakota continues to be seen in a positive light across the country and the new ordinance continues the trend of Bismarck being a modern and clean community.

It is well documented that breathing smoke has negative impacts to our overall health. ...

Smoking Ban Effective Date Could Change
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - September 15, 2010

Bismarck City Commissioners recently passed an ordinance in August that would ban smoking in public places. The intent of the law is to protect bar workers ...

Medora considering smoking ban
By LEANN ECKROTH
Bismarck Tribune, September 15, 2010

The smoke may clear from another western North Dakota town.

Medora Mayor Doug Ellison has drafted a proposal to ban smoking in all the city’s bars, on sidewalks and public streets. Its first reading will be heard by the city council Oct. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Medora Community Center.

Medora now allows smoking in establishments if the smoking bars are separated from the restaurant area as spelled out in state law.

There are six bar/eating establishments in the city. Half allow smoking in a designated section that is closed off from the eating area.

Ellison said the proposal also would impact the community center, city streets and city sidewalks. He said it does not impact businesses’ walkways. …

Bismarck City Commission defeats proposal to ban tobacco sales in city
By LEANN ECKROTH
Bismarck Tribune, September 15, 2010

The Bismarck City Commission nipped a proposed ban on all tobacco sales in the butt Tuesday.

Yet, an ordinance that allows smoking huts for city bars moves forward to a Sept. 28 public hearing. A revision to the hut law might give bar owners until April to build them. The actions come just weeks after commissioners approved a smoking ban in all city bars to start Nov. 1.

Commissioners acted early at the meeting on Tuesday. …

Proposed ban on Bismarck tobacco sales dead
WDAY - September 15, 2010

... hearing on a proposed ordinance that would allow so-called smoking huts outside bar entrances. A smoking ban for bars goes into effect Nov. 1. ...

Tobacco ban nixed
KXNet.com - September 15, 2010

So again the motion to consider a tobacco sales ban in Bismarck is dead. A second smoking related issue will go to a public hearing. ...

Two more tobacco issues to come before Bismarck City Commission tonight
By LEANN ECKROTH
Bismarck Tribune, September 14, 2010

The city of Bismarck has not finished mulling its tobacco laws.

Two separate ordinances will come before the city commission tonight via its consent agenda.

The first asks to ban the sale of all tobacco products in the city. A second allows the creation of smoking huts near bars when a Nov. 1 smoking ban takes effect for all city pubs. If approved, commissioners will move them forward to a public hearing on Sept. 28.

The proposals come after the city commission banned smoking in all city bars in late August, to take effect Nov. 1. …

Bismarck bars brainstorm solutions to new smoking ban
By CHRISTOPHER BJORKE
Bismarck Tribune, August 29, 2010

Though the cold can numb and the wind can freeze, for some it is an acceptable sacrifice to scratch the itch of nicotine. But even the most dedicated smokers could use some shelter.

“I can’t imagine being that cruel,” said Bismarck bar owner Bill Hixson on the idea of putting smokers out in the cold after the city smoking ban goes into effect Nov. 1. “I plan on going back and asking for permission to build some kind of shelter.”

An addition to the city’s architecture could soon be the smoke shack — sometimes known as the butt hut — a small shelter for smokers from wind and cold weather. It is one of the adjustments to the smoking ban that bar owners say they will have to make.

“There’s all kinds of logistics we’ve got to look at,” said Hixson, who owns three Bismarck bars that allow smoking. ...

Smoking banned in Bismarck bars
Jamestown Sun - August 26, 2010

BISMARCK (AP) ­ Smoking in bars in North Dakota's capital city soon will be illegal. The City Commission late Tuesday voted 4-1 to enact the ban on Nov. ...

Bismarck smoke-free reaction
KXNet.com - August 25, 2010

The state law bans smoking in public areas and workplaces with exemptions for bars and truckstops. In 2005 the city of Bismarck went a step further by ...

Smoking banned in Bismarck bars
In-Forum - August 25, 2010

BISMARCK, ND (AP) – Smoking in bars in North Dakota's capital city soon will be illegal. The City Commission late Tuesday voted 4-1 to enact the ban on Nov. ...

Bismarck moves toward smoking ban
KFGO - August 25, 2010

The 4-1 vote came after an hourlong public hearing during which supporters and opponents of the smoking ban were each given a half hour to make their case. ...

Bismarck Bars To Go Smoke Free
Kristin Clouston
KFYR-TV, August 24, 2010

Tuesday night City Commissioners voted in favor of Ordinance 5781 which bans smoking in public and places of employment. …

Smoking banned in Bismarck
KXMBTV Bismarck, Aug 24 2010 10:59PM

The city of Bismarck will soon be smoke free. The decision at the Bismarck City Commission meeting …

Bismarck City Commission OKs smoking ordinance
By LEANN ECKROTH
Bismarck Tribune, August 24, 2010

City commissioners on Tuesday banned smoking in all pubs, smoke houses and truck stops with a 4-1 vote. …

Reminder: Bismarck City Commission public hearing on smoking ban
Bismarck Tribune, August 24, 2010

Today's 5:15 p.m. Bismarck City Commission meeting, which includes a public hearing about an ordinance banning smoking in all city bars, has been moved to the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall at 315 S. Fifth St.

The doors of the exhibit hall will open at 4:30 p.m. today.

Smoke-free supporters release air quality study
By KAREN HERZOG Bismarck Tribune, August 19, 2010

The group SmokeFree Bismarck released the results of an air quality study on Thursday which the group says shows the need to pass a smoke-free indoor workplace ordinance introduced Aug. 10 to the Bismarck City Commission.

The study was conducted by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and used air monitors in 11 Bismarck bars to measure the levels of “fine particle air pollution,” which includes second-hand smoke.

Indoor air quality was tested in January and February of this year in locations which included smoke-free bars and bars allowing smoking. Volunteer researchers spend a minimum of 30 minutes in each location and recorded the number of people inside and the number of lit cigarettes every 15 minutes, as well as the volume of each space.

SmokeFree Bismarck says results showed that bars which allow smoking have 43 times higher levels of “hazardous fine particle air pollution” than smoke-free bars and pollution levels 58 times higher than Bismarck’s outdoor air.

The group also said that researchers found that employees in the smoking-allowed bars are exposed to six times the safe annual levels recommended by the EPA. ...

Devils Lake has a smoking ordinance
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - August 17, 2010

Devils Lake, ND — It’s not a law, yet, but the Devils Lake City Commission voted to approve an ordinance that may eliminate smoking in all public places in the city, including bars.

The ordinance will be put on the fall election ballot. It’s up to the citizens of Devils Lake to let the commission know what their wishes are, now.
The vote, however, will be purely advisory. ...

When smoking was smoking
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2010-08-12
Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald

The notion of Grand Forks bars going smoke-free might have amused civic leaders throughout the Red River Valley a century ago. In 1910, cities throughout the valley celebrated tobacco.

Before the television and magazine ads of the 1950s and 1960s, tobacco use a century ago was marketed as a sign of affluence, of decadence, of independence. The Metropolitan Opera House in Grand Forks even featured a third-story outdoor smoking loft.

Cigars not only were sold in stores, they were “manufactured” in home-based and storefront businesses, operated by both men and women.

Smoke-free GF comes this weekend
Grand Forks Herald - August 12, 2010

The Grand Forks smoking ban takes effect at midnight Saturday. The stroke of midnight Saturday is the dividing line between a world where you can smoke in ...

Dagwood's smoke free bar ahead of times in Grand Forks
Grand Forks Herald - Marilyn Hagerty - August 13, 2010

With bars now going smoke free in Grand Forks, Delohery looks back on the smoking bans over the past 20 years. The smoke has been cleared from shopping ...

OUR OPINION: Simple solution for litter on sidewalk
Grand Forks Herald - Mike Jacobs - August 11, 2010

All of this arose in anticipation of a smoking ban that takes effect at midnight Saturday. Some council members think it'll lead to littering, ...


Smoking might be banned in Bismarck bars
Grand Forks Herald - August 11, 2010

AP - BISMARCK, ND City Attorney Charlie Whitman says bars, truck stops and smoke shops are exempt from the current smoking ban but would lose that status ...

Bismarck proposes smoking ban for bars
Bismarck Tribune - Leann Eckroth - August 11, 2010

Puffing might become illegal in Bismarck pubs.

The Bismarck City Commission has scheduled an Aug. 24 public hearing over a proposed new code that bans smoking in bars. ...

Will Bismarck Go Smoke Free?
KFYR-TV - Kristin Clouston - August 11, 2010

If passed, the ordinance would would ban smoking in public and in places of employment. Some commissioners have already stated they think it`sa good idea. ...

Grand Forks committee worries about effects of smoking ban
Grand Forks Herald - August 11, 2010

It won’t be until Sunday that Grand Forks bars will have to go smoke free, but already some City Council members have already begun blaming the bars for a future of sidewalks full of cigarette butts and litter.

Council member Terry Bjerke, who chaired the Service/Safety Committee today in Chairman Curt Kreun’s absence, demanded that bars be made to clean up the mess, largely basing his complaints on some of the littering that now occurs downtown.

Council President Hal Gershman and council member Tyrone Grandstrand said the city ought to work with businesses to solve the problem together. ...

Do you think GF bars should start the smoking ban Saturday?
Grand Forks Herald - August 11, 2010

What are your thoughts on this topic? Submit your comments and read the opinions of others. ...

Grand Forks readies for new smoking rules
KFGO - August 10, 2010

Less than a week to go before it’s “butts out” in Grand Forks bars. The city’s expanded smoking ban takes hold August 15th. Haley Thorson of the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition says her office hasn’t had a lot of calls with questions about the smoking ban. ...

Fargo officials visit area to talk flood control
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - August 6, 2010

... where one of the items to be tackled will be the city's proposed smoking ordinance. That ordinance is now available on the city's website at ...

City has concerns about safety as Phase 2A begins
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - August 3, 2010

City Attorney Tom Traynor said he'd received only three suggestions of changes for the city's smoking ordinance. He will incorporate those changes and have ...

Williston resident attends tobacco prevention conference
Williston Daily Herald - July 29, 2010

Javayne Oyloe, Williston, a member of the Executive Committee for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, participated in the “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” conference, held in June, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The training focused on how to implement CDC Best Practices policy, systems and environmental changes to reduce the health and economic toll of tobacco addiction in North Dakota.

Oyloe is a longtime tobacco control professional and volunteer with more than 14 years of experience in tobacco prevention and control policy. ...

HOLTEN: Smokers had their day
Dickinson (ND) Press, 2010-07-28
Kevin Holten, The Dickinson Press

Do you know what I found really interesting about North Dakota when I moved back after having been away for 20-plus years? There are still so many people who smoke.

Having traveled all over the country over that same period, and particularly in the western states most recently, I rarely saw people who smoke. In fact, there are 33 million people in California and I think maybe five of them smoke. . . .

To your average Californian smoking is a little like listening to an eight track tape, watching black and white TV, wearing a leisure suit . . .

And when was the last time you saw a Hollywood megastar on TV or in the movies smoking a cigarette? It just doesn’t happen. . . .

In fact, my dad was a smoker when I was a kid. He used to sit in the corner of the living room in his Lazy Boy and suck on Old Gold cigarettes . . .

Recent estimates of the annual cost to the United States in smoking-related health care and lost workdays are at least $100 billion a year. Whew, $100 million a year. I can think of a lot of things I’d rather buy than your future oxygen tank with that kind of money. ...

Where can you smoke?
Daily News (ND), July 26, 2010

My, have times changed, where can you smoke?” This is what somebody may say if they had just awakened from a 20 year nap. Not so long ago smoking was very prevalent and widely accepted. It used to be that you could smoke everywhere — restaurants, bars, stores and even the zoo or fairgrounds. Over time there began to be anti-smoking movements because people were dying and the tobacco companies were targeting a younger generation.

I think we can all recall the Joe Camel T-shirts back in the late 1980s and early 90s. Let’s not forget about the legendary Marlboro cowboy. Hollywood has a role in this as most tough or cool characters were shown smoking. Now even Hollywood has been affected by anti-smoking campaigns and now most tough or cool characters no longer smoke.

One of the last places to actually be affected by anti-smoking campaigns or legislation is bars. Here in the Twin Towns we have seen this happen on the Minnesota side.

However, bars in North Dakota, depending on where you live, are not. In North Dakota local governments can regulate smoking more stringently than the state. ...

Bar owners hear timeline for city smoking ordinance
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - July 20 2010

Devils Lake, ND — A delegation of local bar owners met with the Devils Lake City Commission to clarify a number of things about the proposed smoking ordinance presently under review.

Dick Prozinski, from Proz End of the Line, stepped up to the podium and asked several questions of the commission. He wanted to know the timeline the commission would follow as they prepare the ordinance.

“Will there be an opportunity for public comment and input?” he asked.
He reminded the commissioners that this is Devils Lake and not Grand Forks or Fargo, if they put together an ordinance, it should be different from the ones those cities have enacted.

He was particularly concerned about space like the open-air tiki bar at Proz. According to one of the sample ordinances, smoking would not be allowed there, even though it is outdoors. ...

STAMP Coalition releases opinion on survey results
Minot Daily News - Katina Tengesdal - July 20, 2010

"Minot first passed the smoke free restaurant ordinance in 2001, and the rest of the state followed our lead," Muhlbradt said. "I think it's really time we ...

Minot Smoking Survey Results
KFYR-TV - Stephanie Summers - July 19, 2010

First District Health Unit and the Minot STAMP Coalition joined forces to find out how Minot residents feel about smoke free environments, and the results ...

Forum editorial: Napoleon a good barometer on smoking ban
In-Forum - June 17, 2010

For North Dakota legislators with smoke in their eyes – most of them, it seems – the smoke ban vote in Napoleon, N.D., might be a good barometer of anti-smoking sentiment in the state. The Logan County town recently voted overwhelmingly for a smoking and secondhand smoke ban in bars, although one of the town’s bars opposed it while the other favored it.

The Napoleon vote is instructive because it puts the lie to the cover lawmakers have used to avoid approving a statewide ban that could be modeled after successful bans in Fargo and West Fargo.

Logan County is not a center of liberalism or government nannyism. But it is clear that voters there understand the risks of tobacco smoke and therefore put legitimate health concerns above phony business rights claims.

We say “successful” bans in Fargo and West Fargo because a new study confirms what ban supporters knew (from fallout in other cities) when they pushed for bans in Fargo and West Fargo: Economic impacts come immediately after the bans go into effect, but do not last. Bars, the study said, have done just fine without tobacco. After a short-lived blip, taxable sales for bars actually went up substantially in Fargo and West Fargo. During the same time, bar sales in Grand Forks, which has no smoke ban, dipped more than 20 percent. A Grand Forks ban goes into effect Aug. 15. Prediction: The sky will not fall on Grand Forks bars.

The study was commissioned by Fargo Cass Public Health and performed by the North Dakota State Data Center. It was released Tuesday. ...

Bars in Fargo, West Fargo did fine after smoking bans, study
Grand Forks Herald - Patrick Springer - June 16, 2010

The bars in Fargo and West Fargo did just fine after the smoke cleared.

That’s the bottom-line finding of a study released Tuesday that was commissioned by Fargo Cass Public Health and performed by the North Dakota State Data Center.

The study reviewed sales tax figures, adjusted for inflation, from the fourth quarter of 2004 to the third quarter of 2009 for restaurants and bars in Fargo, West Fargo and Grand Forks.

Fargo and West Fargo adopted comprehensive smoking bans almost two years ago, on July 1, 2008. Grand Forks’ comprehensive smoking ban will take effect Aug. 15, but was not in force during the study period.

Bars’ taxable sales climbed 123 percent in West Fargo and 26 percent in Fargo over the five-year study period, but declined 20.7 percent in Grand Forks, the study found. ...

Napoleon smoke-free, others settle questions
Bismarck Tribune - Lauren Donovan - June 9, 2010

...Napoleon — Napoleon will join ranks of a few much-larger North Dakota towns in going 100 percent smoke-free, an issue that divided the two bars in town, The Downtowner Bar that wanted to go smoke-free and Freddie's that did not. Citizens approved the measure by a vote of 263 in favor and 94 against. ...

Napoleon City votes cast: 369
Napoleon Homestead, June 9, 2010

Non-Smoking Measure
Yes - 263
No – 94

City to work on smoking ordinance wording
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - Jun 8, 2010

The city of Devils Lake is one step closer to enacting a smoking ordinance for all indoor public places, including bars.

At Monday’s meeting they discussed the sample ordinance from Grand Forks looking at language and content. Before it goes to the advisory vote of the people this fall, it is the commission’s duty to establish the wording on the ordinance, so voters can decide if they are for it or against it. During the discussion of the ordinance, the commissioners decided that they would set a deadline of August to have the wording the way they want it in time for getting it on the ballot.

After the vote, if the people vote that they are for the ordinance, then will come the public hearings and two readings of the ordinance before it becomes law. ...

Bismarck bars should be smoke-free
Bismarck Tribune - Joe Schmidt - May 28, 2010

’ve been a bar worker for more than 11 years. I also play darts. The heavy secondhand smoke where I work is taking a toll on my health.

Health studies have shown that with every eight hours I spend at work, I involuntarily smoke 16 cigarettes from the secondhand smoke. Smokers who work in bars have told me they would like to see all bars smoke free in Bismarck, too, because they think it would help them quit smoking. Why are restaurant workers privileged to have clean air but not bar workers?

I’ve read in the Tribune (May 6) and heard at the candidate forum that Mayor John Warford, Brenda Smith and Josh Askvig are in support of a citywide smoke-free law to protect all workers. They are truly representing the people in Bismarck.

A 2009 American Lung Association survey found

72 percent of Bismarck citizens support passing a law in Bismarck that would prohibit smoking in all places, including bars, clubs and truck stops. ...

Minot Smoking Survey to Begin
KFYR-TV - Jacob Kaucher - May 20, 2010

Officials at the First District Health Unit are saying it`s time to toughen up non-smoking laws in the Magic City.
And the Health Unit will soon launch a survey to see if the public shares their opinion.

The scientific survey will gauge the opinions of a random sampling of people, ages 18 and up, in Minot about cigarettes.

The survey will find out, among other things, if people want to see a law passed to make all bars and trucks stops smoke free. The current smoke-free workplace law exempts bars and truck stops, allowing their patrons to light up. ...

Tobacco committee plans for next year
Bismarck Tribune - Emily Coleman - May 19, 2010

It’s almost the one-year mark for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee.

The committee and the related tobacco prevention law were created through a statewide ballot initiative in November 2008, but the program did not receive its funding until July 2009.

At a special meeting Wednesday, the committee revised its work plan for year two.

“The biggest changes (from last year’s plan) are to begin to focus more on the statewide issues,” said Kathleen Mangskau, the committee chair. “We were focusing pretty much on communities the first year and getting our infrastructure in place.”

For the upcoming legislative session, which starts in January 2011, the committee wants to have its talking points and information packets ready.

The goal of the board is to eliminate exceptions in North Dakota’s current smoking ban, which include bars and smoking areas within truck stops.

“We would like to see all workers and the public protected,” Mangskau said. ...

Napoleon considers smoke-free ordinance
Bismarck Tribune - Lauren Donovan - May 13, 2010

There are two bars in Napoleon. One wants to be smoke-free, the other doesn’t.

On June 8, the town’s voters will decide if they both should be, possibly making Napoleon, population 850, the littlest player in a small pack of cities where folks can’t go to a bar and light up.

The issue will be on the primary ballot. If it passes, smokes will be snubbed out within 60 days.

Deran Piatz, who manages The Downtowner, said the bar’s owners want to go smoke-free, but not alone. “They felt both bars should,” Piatz said.

Napoleon’s other bar doesn’t want to.

Susie White, owner of Freddie’s, said it’s still legal to smoke in North Dakota and adults should be able to make choices about where to go and their own health. ...

Not enough signatures for smoking ban referendum
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2010-05-06
Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald

There will be no challenge to Grand Forks’ new smoking ban in November.

Bar owners gathering signatures to petition the City Council for a referendum said they came up short on the 3,815 signatures needed, and Wednesday was the deadline to submit the signatures.

There were only about 2,900 after eliminating illegible signatures and signatures from people who live outside of town, according to Tony Kvasager and Mike McMenamy.

Kvasager, who owns Big Daddy’s bar, and McMenamy, who owns McMenamy’s Tavern, led the signature gathering.

They and many other bar owners hoped to put the ban up for a public vote and, with any luck, get it repealed. Now, they’ll have to get ready to comply with the law and, they say, deal with the financial repercussions. ...

Public to weigh in on DL smoking ban
Wahpeton Daily News - May 5, 2010

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The Devils Lake City Commission has voted 3-2 to ask the public to weigh in on whether to extend the current smoking ban to bars.

The results of the advisory vote will not be binding on the commission. The date of the vote has not been set. ...

Poll: 67% in Devils Lake favor smoking ban
Fargo (ND) InForum, 2010-05-01

A majority of Devils Lake residents are in favor of a workplace smoking ban, according to poll results released by the American Lunch Association of North Dakota.

The poll found 67 percent want a local law in the city that would make all public places and workplaces smoke free.

GF council passes smoking ban
Drinking and smoking in Grand Forks bars will be a thing of the past starting Aug. 15. Standing around in front of bars will be the new thing, but don’t stand too close, or you might get in trouble with the law.
By: Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald, April 5, 2010

Drinking and smoking in Grand Forks bars will be a thing of the past starting Aug. 15. Standing around in front of bars will be the new thing, but don’t stand too close, or you might get in trouble with the law.

Smokers will have to be at least 15 feet from the entrance of a business, which, in the case of businesses located close together, could mean a very narrow smoking area.

So says the City Council, which voted narrowly Monday to extend the smoking ban in public places to bars, casinos and truck stops. Mayor Mike Brown, a doctor who’s long favored a ban, had to break a 3-3 tie. …

Commission hears both sides of smoking debate; no decision made
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - April 6, 2010

Devils Lake could be going smoke-free in all public places some time this summer. That is, if the members of the Smoke-Free Coalition prevail in convincing the Devils Lake City Commission to establish an ordinance making it law.

However, it looks like July and maybe later before anything will be settled. At Monday’s lengthy meeting of the City Commission both sides were heard from, those in favor of banning smoking in all public places and those who want Devils Lake businesses to retain the right to make their own decision about the issue. ...

Gambling drops in North Dakota over decade
The Associated Press - James MacPherson - April 6, 2010

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's charitable gambling industry is making less money than it has in a decade due largely to a declining economy and smoking bans, the director of the State Gaming Division said.

Keith Lauer, whose agency regulates the charitable gambling industry, said North Dakotans spent $250.8 million on bingo, pull tabs, blackjack and other games of chance last year, compared to $265.7 million in 2008 and $255.1 million in 1999.

"The economy has something to do with it for sure," Lauer said of the slide. Gamblers who also are smokers have tended to stay way from betting establishments where smoking is prohibited, particularly in Fargo where smoking is banned in all bars, he said.

Despite the downturn, the industry appears far from calamitous. The state began games of chance in 1977, when only $5.9 million was wagered. It has been a quarter-billion-dollar industry for more than a decade and state records show that North Dakotans gambled more than $400 per state resident annually during that time. ...

GF smoking ban to get final reading
If council approves law tonight, it would take effect Nov. 1
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2010-04-05
Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald

A proposed law banning smoking in bars, casinos and truck stops is up for a final reading tonight at 5:30 at the Grand Forks City Council.
If the council approves, the ban would take effect Nov. 1.

Bar owners have been resistant to the change, but few have publicly protested the proposal, in contrast to public health advocates and their allies who have tended to pack council meetings. ...

Smoke-free Devils Lake hosts forum, asks for city ordinance
Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Louise Oleson - Mar 31, 2010

It was standing-room-only at the smoke-free forum held Tuesday evening at LRSC.

Karissa Olson, who heads the Smoke-free Devils Lake Coalition, welcomed those in attendance and outlined the plan for the evening. There would be a few presentations, no longer than five minutes each and then time for open comments from the audience.

First to present was LRSC chemistry professor Kory Boehmer who touched on a few of the toxic chemicals added to tobacco. ...

GF smoking ban passes first reading
Grand Forks City Council members have given preliminary approval of a law to ban smoking in bars, casinos and truck stops. If it passes a second time, ban would start Nov. 1.
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2010-03-15
Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald

A smoking ban that would end the exemption for bars, casinos and truck stops in Grand Forks passed one of two City Council votes on Monday.
The issue was extremely divisive for council members, mostly on philosophical grounds. Three times they were split evenly, requiring Mayor Mike Brown to make break ties. He has almost never had to do this and certainly no three times on one issue.

If the council again passes the ordinance at its April 5 meeting, the smoking ban would take effect Nov. 1.

In the two key votes Monday, the mayor not only had to break the ties, but two council members defected to the other side in each case.

The meeting was well attended by smoking opponents, rallied by the Tobacco Free Coalition, and by bar owners, many of whom believe their livelihood was at stake because many of their patrons are smokers. . . .

Bar owners spoke little, seemingly recognizing that the tide had turned against them this year, unlike 2005 when they managed to persuade the council to exempt them from a smoking ban.

Ultimately, the pro-ban side prevailed, moving the proposed law to a final vote April 5. The law would take effect Nov. 1 if passed. ...

Council to discuss smoking ban tonight
A proposed law to ban smoking in Grand Forks’ bars, casinos and truck stops is up for a first reading at the City Council tonight.
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2010-03-14
Tu-Uyen Tran, Grand Forks Herald

A proposed law to ban smoking in Grand Forks’ bars, casinos and truck stops is up for a first reading at the City Council tonight.

Last week, council members said they’re only introducing the law, but had not decided yet whether they’d pass it now or put it before the public during the June city elections. Conventional wisdom suggests, with a recent poll finding that 75 percent of the public supporting a ban on smoking in bars, that the law would pass easily.

If the council were to decide to pass the law itself, all it would need to do tonight is vote to move the ban to a second reading in two week’s time. The ban would be in force if the council voted “yes” on the second reading. If the council were to let the public vote first, it would have to put together a resolution calling for a public vote and send it to the county auditor by April 9. ...

Smoking ban might be one step closer
Grand Forks Herald - March 8, 2010

The Grand Forks City Council members formally discussed a proposed law to ban smoking in bars, casinos and truck stops for the first time Monday.

This could start the two-step process in which the council would hold two public readings of the law and, barring strong public opposition, vote on it.

The council had passed a smoking ban in 2006 that exempts, among others, bars, casinos and truck stops, in part, because surveys at the time found that the public was not in favor of it and because East Grand Forks bars still allowed smoking. ...

Smoking ban may not go to public vote
Grand Forks Herald - February 24, 2010

The Grand Forks City Council should pass a law banning smoking in bars and truck stops without going to a vote of the people, several council members meeting in a work session agreed Wednesday.

The proposed law would give bars and other affected businesses until Oct. 1 to fully ban smoking, under the theory that it would give customers time to adjust. Other details on whether bars would be allowed to have smoking patios remain to be worked out. ...

Council debates smoking policy
Grand Forks Herald - February 16, 2010

Grand Forks City Council members are divided over whether to seek a public vote to expand the city’s smoking ban policy despite a poll that show overwhelming support for the proposal.

Some council members, such as Vice President Eliot Glassheim, said the council should just pass a law itself. “We know the mood of the public. They’re ahead of the politicians on this.” ...

Smoking ban likely going to GF council
Grand Forks Herald - February 8, 2010

Grand Forks City Council members will likely begin the discussion next week on banning smoking in bars, casinos and truck stops.

The subject was broached Monday by council member Doug Christensen, who asked City Attorney Howard Swanson to give the council a briefing on the deadlines it would have to meet to put the issue on the ballot in June.

The council has three choices, he said: “Do nothing. Do something. Or (let voters) vote on it.” ...

Survey: Grand Forks majority supports total smoking ban
Grand Forks Herald - January 26, 2010

A new survey by a Grand Forks anti-smoking group shows a significant number of residents want a total ban on smoking in public places; possibly paving the way for the City Council to pass such a ban.

Eight in 10 say the ban now in place should be extended to all workplaces, meaning bars, casinos and truck stops, according to the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition’s survey.

Mayor Mike Brown said he would propose a ban at his State of the City address in a few months. “I think this will reinforce the notion that we can and have the support to move forward.” ...

Lake Region State College to go tobacco-free
Grand Forks Herald - January 7, 2010

Smoke-free signs on that Devils Lake campus will be replaced with similar, tobacco-free/smoke-free signs. Information regarding the policy also will be ...

Gauging public opinion on 100 percent smoke free workplaces
Minot Daily News - Katina Tengesdal - December 16, 2009

Current North Dakota law exempts bars, truck stops and private parties from banning smoking, leaving the decision up to individual municipalities.

Fargo became the first North Dakota community to have 100 percent smoke-free workplaces in July 2008, and First District Health Unit is trying to gauge public support for Minot becoming 100 percent smoke free as well.

"Right now our STAMP group is gauging support for a similar ordinance. Being 100 percent smoke free is about the health of workers and customers. We know secondhand smoke is harmful. It's just good business practice to have healthy, safe environments," said Holly Brekhus, tobacco prevention outreach coordinator for First District Health Unit.

Minot's STAMP Coalition conducted an online convenience survey of Minot community members, finding that 62 percent of the 480 respondents felt there should be laws prohibiting smoking in bars and lounges. The coalition has also conducted paper surveys of community leaders' opinions. ...

North Dakota tobacco control group names leader
In-Forum - John Lamb - October 20, 2009

Prom, of Bismarck, said there is no plan to put an initiative on the ballot for a statewide smoking ban. Her first order of business will be to implement ...

Coalition seeking support for smoke-free city
Wahpeton (ND) Daily News, 2009-09-11
Anna Jauhola, Daily News

As more cities move toward smoking bans in all buildings, the Richland County Tobacco Free Coalition is following suit. While Wilkin County went smoke free with the statewide Minnesota Freedom to Breathe Act in 2007, North Dakota businesses stayed open to smokers.

Richland County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Jason Bergstrand visited the Wilkin County Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition (ATOD) Thursday to ask for support in his and the coalition efforts in making Wahpeton a smoke-free city. The ATOD agreed to sign a letter of support when the time comes. Bergstrand said there is talk of a vaccine to cure cancer.

"The vaccine is available to us already," Bergstrand said. "It's tobacco and smoking prevention." He added that a high tax on tobacco products, smoke-free laws, secondhand smoking laws and smoke-free work places are just a few preventive methods in place around the country. ...

Latest North Dakota news, sports, business and entertainment:...
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck - August 21, 2009

Fargo smoking ban Bar-tobacco shop under scrutiny in Fargo FARGO, N.D. (AP) A building in Fargo that houses both a bar and a tobacco shop is under scrutiny.

The city attorney is looking into whether the JT Cigarro bar and its connected retail tobacco store violate a city ordinance against smoking in a bar.

Public Health tobacco coordinator Bette Deede says JT Cigarro owner Dana Coulter was cautioned that the tobacco store must be freestanding to prevent smoke infiltration into the bar or a second-floor lounge. ...

23 tobacco grants awarded
Jamestown (ND) Sun, 2009-08-15

The Tobacco Prevention and control Advisory Committee awarded 23 grants totaling $3 million Thursday. Local grant funds will be used to develop and implement policies, programs and services to prevent youth and young adults from starting tobacco use as well as assist tobacco users in quitting and eliminating exposure to second hand smoke. ...

Tobacco and Alcohol Survey
KXMC TV13 (Minot, ND), 2009-08-08

It's a growing trend among cities across the country- the trend of more business establishments going smoke free.

But changes like these don't just happen, they require a lot of work and a lot of feedback from the public.

The STAMP Community Tobacco Prevention Coalition and Safe Communities of North Central North Dakota are hoping to gain more feedback by conducting an online community survey.

The survey covers topics like tobacco use and policy, underage drinking, and seat belt use.

It takes about ten minutes to fill-out and is completely anonymous.
The survey is also in conjunction with Measure 3, which involves tobacco prevention and education. STAMP organizers believe it will provide good insight as to what people want, and what changes need to be made. ...

ND tobacco board to outline no-smoking plan
Grand Forks (ND) Herald, 2009-07-07

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. ...

Ordinance would mean butts out for smokers
Hettinger is considering an ordinance that would not allow smoking in public places.
Dickinson (ND) Press, 2009-07-03
Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press

Hettinger is considering an ordinance that would not allow smoking in public places.

Since last year, City Council members have discussed snuffing out smoking in bars, truck stops and motels.

Mayor Gary Friez said residents called concerning smoking in such places, prompting the council to look into the idea.

“There was a state deal that was going to be in effect that would say you could not smoke in bars,” Friez said. “That didn’t pass so now we’re looking into doing it ourselves.”

The state bill would ban smoking in public places statewide but was killed in late February. ...

Business down, but OK after year of smoking ban
WDAY - Travis Skonseng - July 2, 2009

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today marks one year after Fargo’s controversial smoking ban took affect and some bars say it's causing a big inconvenience. Some go as far as blaming the ban for bad business. WDAY 6 Reporter Travis Skonseng joins us live with tonight's top story.

It's no surprise smokers are still flocking to bars. Whether it's to have fun, drink, or smoke, patrons aren't letting the ban get them down, but on the other hand some bars say its business that's down. ...

Smoke-free advocates urge statewide ban
In-Forum - Helmut Schmidt - July 2, 2009

Area health professionals and smoking ban advocates celebrated a full year of clear air in Fargo and West Fargo bars and restaurants by urging a statewide smoking ban.

“It’s a big deal. It gives us a milestone,” said Dr. Byrum Cartwright, chairman of the Smoke-free Air for Everyone coalition, during a news conference Wednesday at Labby’s Grill and Bar in north Fargo.

Cartwright said that he was embarrassed that the state Legislature “has dragged its heels” on enacting a comprehensive statewide indoor smoking ban.

“Cities in North Dakota are lining up to say this is what we want,” Cartwright said. “We don’t want our state to become the ashtray of the Northern Plains.”

Legislature Vote on Smoking Ban
KXMC - April 1, 2009

Smokers are banned from lighting up in many public places but they'll be able to continue to smoking in their vehicles...

The North Dakota House voted to defeat a bill to ban smoking in cars when children under the age of 16 are in the vehicle.

It would have been a $50 fine.

Board rejects tobacco ban on ND campuses
KXNet.com North Dakota News
KXMC - March 19, 2009

An effort to ban on tobacco at all North Dakota college campuses has failed.

The state Board of Higher Education discussed the proposal at its monthly meeting, but a motion to approve the ban died for lack of a second.

Board to consider smoking ban for ND colleges and universities
In-Forum - March 18, 2009

BISMARCK – A smoking ban for North Dakota public college and universities will be considered Thursday by the state Board of Higher Education. ...

Hot topics up at ND Legislature
Jamestown Sun - March 9, 2009

Senate Bill 2070 — Bans smoking in vehicles if juvenile under 16 present, 10:30 a.m., House Transportation, Fort Totten Room.

Grand Forks mayor proposes light rail line
MSNBC - February 25, 2009

Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown says he wants to 'plant a seed' of ideas and see what comes of it.

The mayor gave his seventh State of the City speech yesterday.

His ideas include a new light rail line from the University of North Dakota to the Alerus Center, an aquarium at the Canad Inn motel complex and a new retail corridor. He says the rail line could expand to downtown and the airport.

Another proposal is a ``Destination Corridor'' that would connect hotels with retail stores.

The mayor also proposes a ban on smoking in bars and hotels, which are now exempt from a statewide smoking ban.

North Dakota House rejects smoking ban bill
Fargo (ND) Inforum, 2009-02-20

The House snuffed a smoking ban for North Dakota bars and hotel rooms Thursday.

Opponents of House Bill 1213 said an existing smoking ban law is sufficient and their constituents who run bars will suffer if it is beefed up.

“Light a red one up on this bill,” said Rep. Mike Schatz, R-New England, referring to the House’s electronic board that shows no votes in red.

The vote to defeat the bill was 59-33.

Many members said the state law passed four years ago, which banned smoking from virtually all public places and places of employment except bars and designated hotel rooms, had gone far enough.

“When will enough be enough?” asked Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier.

Forum Editorial: Smoking debate tiresome
In-Forum, ND - February 2, 2009

There is no debate that smoking and secondhand smoke kill and sicken people. Nearly 40 years of good science has put that issue to rest. In North Dakota, however, there is debate about a business’s freedom to kill and sicken its patrons and employees. Once again, that incredibly obtuse discussion is making news at the Legislature.

Last week’s committee hearing on a bill to ban smoking in all hotel rooms and bars had the feel of a time warp. It was a bizarre demonstration of both ignorance and intransigence. It was a stage for slow learners to spew their nonsense about “freedom” and the hazards of french fries. It would have been a real laugh riot, but for the pain and suffering such thinking has delivered on hundreds of thousands of people.

One rural tavern owner said, “The bottom line is freedom. It’s my tavern. I should decide who smokes there.”

Well, maybe it is about freedom: the tavern owner’s freedom to poison the air his patrons and employees breathe; the freedom to operate a place where toxins sicken and kill people; the freedom to make a buck no matter the consequences to others.

But for real stupidity, it’s the french fry argument. A representative of a fraternal club said if people are worried about carcinogens or other health hazards, they shouldn’t eat french fries, either. That might be true, but there is no such thing as a secondhand french fry. Fries do not float in the air at the local fast-food restaurant and drift into customers’ mouths. No one we know holds down a restaurant patron and stuffs fries down his/her throat.

The arguments against a comprehensive statewide smoking and secondhand smoke ban were bogus a few years ago. Now, as most major cities in the state have gone smoke-free – and the science of smoke is unambiguous – the rants from smoking advocates are just plan silly. Pathetic, even.

ND Senate Bans Smoking in Car With Children
KFYR-TV, ND - February 2, 2009

Supporters of the bill say children often don`t have a choice about whether to be in the vehicle. The law is intended to protect them from secondhand smoke.

Smoking ban debate heats up
Bismarck Tribune, USA - January 30, 2009

The debate over banning smoking in bars and hotels reignited in a House committee Thursday, with proponents pointing to the damaging effects of second-hand smoke, while hotel and bar owners say it would impede on business and personal choice.

North Dakota already prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants, but state law exempts bars and hotels from the ban. Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., both have city ordinances that snuff smoking in bars.

Rep. Joyce Kingsbury, R-Grafton, said she introduced the bill with a broader perspective than just North Dakota in mind: "One by one, states and entire countries have gone smoke free," she told the House Political Subdivisions Committee.

Kingsbury cited studies showing the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and the damage it can do to employees who work in smoke-filled bars. She also said that business can improve for bars in light of a smoking ban.

"Often in smaller communities there are limited job opportunities," Kingsbury said. "It's often a job a young mother can pick up, she takes the job and she is exposed to secondhand smoke."

Opponents vocal on smoking ban bill
Jamestown Sun, ND - January 30, 2009

Some hotel and bar owners in North Dakota are getting tired of coming to the Legislature to defend people’s freedom to smoke, they told a legislative committee Thursday.

But backers of House Bill 1213, a proposal to ban smoking in all hotel rooms and bars, said it’s a matter of saving lives now being lost to secondhand smoke.

The opponents far outnumbered supporters at the hearing that went more than two hours.

“The bottom line is freedom,” said Richard Wenninger, a tavern owner from Hague, N.D. “It’s my tavern. I should decide who smokes in there,” he told the House Political Subdivisions Committee.

“This is about freedom, people,” said another, Arlan Scholl, a trustee for the Bismarck-Mandan Elks Club.

He said that if people are worried about carcinogens or other health hazards, they shouldn’t eat french fries either.

Study: Indoor air cleaner
In-Forum, ND - January 22, 2009

Local anti-smoking advocates are breathing a sigh of relief over a study released Wednesday.

There has been a 98 percent decline in indoor air pollution in Fargo-Moorhead locations since July, the study reported.
SAFE Coalition member Chelsey Mattern said the results were “surprising.”

BreatheND, a local anti-smoking advocate, helped push for the stricter citywide smoking bans passed by Fargo and West Fargo voters in June.

The bans prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars, truck stops and rental halls.

The North Dakota cities’ bans were passed in the wake of Minnesota’s statewide ban that took effect in 2007, which includes Moorhead.

A total of 16 bars and restaurants were sampled before and after the bans took effect.

Air pollution levels dropped to levels found in outdoor levels, Mattern said.

Antitobacco group: Bismarck smoking ban did not hurt bar revenue...
Mar 14 2008, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) An anti-tobacco group says an analysis of tax records shows a smoking ban had no effect on restaurant and bar revenue in Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tobacco Free Coalition said the analysis looked at tax records from the first quarter of 2002 to the fourth quarter of 2006. The city smoking ban, enacted in October 2005, restricted smoking in restaurants and bars attached to restaurants.

Economist Duane Pool said the smoking ban did not cause revenue to go up, but it did not stop the businesses from earning money.

Forum editorial: Stuff ballot with smoke and mirrors
In-Forum, November 11, 2007

Not to belabor the cliché, but Fargo residents should prepare for a lot of smoke and mirrors from special interests regarding the proposed smoking bans that likely will appear on the June city election ballot.

Led by a Fargo businessman, who sincerely believes government should not interfere in his business practices, a well-funded effort is under way to confuse voters with competing ballot measures. The effort got sidetracked recently when the Fargo City Commission accepted a proposed ordinance that is essentially the same as existing city law (a smoking ban with a few exceptions). So nothing has changed, and that measure will not be on the ballot. But the anti-ban forces are unlikely to blow away in the prairie wind. They likely will slightly modify the first version of their smoking ban and get the new one on the June ballot.

Meanwhile, petitions are being circulated by a coalition of individuals and organizations seeking a no-exemptions citywide smoking ban, much like the statewide ban that went into effect this fall in Minnesota. It’s almost a certainty that measure will be approved for the ballot, in large part because the majority of Fargoans (like people everywhere) favor a total ban on smoking and secondhand smoke.

Forum Editorial: New bars despite ban on smoking
In-Forum (subscription), ND, September 11, 2007

When a statewide smoking ban, which includes bars, goes into effect in Minnesota next month, Moorhead will have two new bars.

OUR OPINION: A smoking ban in bars inevitable
The Forum, January 9, 2007

While legislatures in North Dakota and Minnesota dillydally over statewide smoking bans, a majority of states have put the issue behind them. Bans are in place and working. Life – smokefree, clean-air life – goes on.

The movement to ban smoking and secondhand smoke in workplaces and other public places has been on a roll for a decade. All but a few states (mostly tobacco-producing states) have adopted full or partial workplace smoking and secondhand smoke bans. In many states, the compromise required to secure a ban was a bar exemption. But in other states and several major cities, smoke bans include all workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Some cities and states have taken the other steps: outdoor bans in public parks and within 50 feet of building entrances; no smoking on any public school property, indoors or outdoors, or in college dormitories; establishing smoke-free registries of private residential buildings.

Closer to home, cities in North Dakota and Minnesota have partial bans in place, either because of voter approval or imposition by elected officials. Wherever the question has been on the ballot, a ban has won. To our knowledge, no elected official has been booted by the voters because of support for a smoking ban or secondhand smoke regulation.

What the trend confirms, of course, is that a huge majority of Americans (Minnesotans and North Dakotans included) support smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars. They have rejected the economic argument – that smoke bans hurt business – in favor of the overwhelming scientific evidence that exposure to tobacco smoke, even in small concentrations, is a health hazard.

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