Entries by Erin Hill-Oban

AP: Ohio’s infant mortality panel recommends tobacco tax hike

ANN SANNER, Associated Press COLUMBUS – Ohio lawmakers should increase the tobacco tax, raise the tobacco-buying age to 21 and ban the sale of crib bumpers, according to a state panel tasked with addressing infant mortality. The recommendations are among dozens in a report by the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality released Tuesday. Ohio’s infant […]

USA Today Editorial Board: Raise cigarette sales age and see: Our view

The Editorial Board When California lawmakers voted this month to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21, they joined Hawaii and more than 100 localities in seeking a new way to prevent vulnerable teenagers from getting hooked. Almost everyone who smokes started by age 18, research shows. The tobacco industry, among the world’s […]

Bismarck Tribune: Coalition pushes tobacco tax measure

By NICK SMITH, Bismarck Tribune Members of a coalition seeking an increase in the state’s tobacco tax say their proposed increase would reduce smoking rates as well as state health care costs among other benefits. “That’s the missing leg of the three-legged stool,” Eric Johnson, a Grand Forks physician and head of the measure’s sponsoring […]

Bismarck Tribune: Group proposes to raise tax on tobacco

NICK SMITH, Bismarck Tribune A coalition seeking to reduce tobacco use in North Dakota will unveil a proposed ballot measure Wednesday, which would raise the state’s tobacco tax — one of the lowest in the nation. The group, Raise it for Health North Dakota, will make its announcement in Memorial Hall inside the state Capitol on […]