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Letter: Use all anti-tobacco strategies

By: Rep. Blair Thoreson, Fargo, N.D., INFORUM 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 […]

Red River Valley Fair limits smoking to three designated areas

WEST FARGO – This year’s Red River Valley Fair here will be smoke-free. Management for the fair, which runs at the Red River Valley Fairground here July 9-14, announced Monday that smoking will largely be banned at this year’s event, except for three designated areas. The fair had to come into compliance with the new […]

As Minnesota cigarette tax spikes, Moorhead retailers feel the burn

MOORHEAD – The cheapest pack of cigarettes at Brady’s 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. Just a few miles away at Fargo’s Gateway Service Center-Cenex along Main Avenue, that same pack of Pall Malls was $3.79. A pack […]

Are E-Cigarettes a Boon, a Menace or Both?

By THE NY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD Rapidly growing numbers of consumers are turning to electronic cigarettes to satisfy their nicotine addiction without inhaling the carcinogens and toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Buyers need to beware. Unlike nicotine gum and skin patches, electronic cigarettes have not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness. Global sales of electronic cigarettes, although […]

Letter: Cigarettes kill more than wars do

By: Jay Taylor, Durbin, N.D., INFORUM As I write this, I’m looking at a Forum editorial reminding me to take time to honor the war dead, and in my heart and head, I do that. I’m writing this after Memorial Day as I would not want to take one bit of respect away from the brave […]

Smoking banned on Bismarck’s playgrounds

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. Alecia Uhde, chairwoman of the Go! Bismarck Mandan coalition, said she made the request […]

Parks ponder playground tobacco ban

Mandan and Bismarck park systems will consider making their green space smoke-free next week. The Mandan Park Board, which surveyed its park users, will revisit the issue at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Both park entities were approached by the Go! Bismarck-Mandan Coalition to remove tobacco from the play areas. The group will make its pitch to […]

House rejects tobacco prevention budget

A narrow House majority voted down the budget for the North Dakota Center For Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy on Thursday. “We’ll get that back and get that through tomorrow (Friday),” said Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo. The House voted against Senate Bill 2024 Thursday morning by a 46-47 vote. A motion to reconsider the […]