There’s plenty of ways to get involved with Tobacco Free North Dakota and our mission. Consider signing our support cards and resolutions.
What are TFND Support Cards?
TFND strongly believes in a 3-fold approach to tobacco control: raising the price of tobacco, funding a comprehensive tobacco control program and maintaining North Dakota’s very strong smoke-free air law. The cards below will be used to inform legislators that their constituents want smart tobacco policy! We’re asking all North Dakotans to fill out the three support cards and mail them back to TFND, P.O. Box 3237, Bismarck, ND 58502. We will then organize the cards and make sure your legislators see them. Anyone can fill them out!
The tax for a pack of 20 cigarettes in North Dakota is 44 cents per pack, 48th in the country. Only Georgia, Virginia, and Missouri have lower tax rates. North Dakota hasn’t increased the tax on cigarettes since 1993.
Taxes on snuff, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco and cigars are different than cigarettes. E-cigarettes are only subjected to sales tax. Raising the price of tobacco is one of the CDC’s best practices for statewide tobacco control programs. By the numbers, tobacco costs North Dakotans- whether they smoke or not.
- About 20 percent of adults in North Dakota smoke cigarettes
- North Dakota brings in about $27.7 million per year in all tobacco taxes (2018 ND Tax Commissioner annual statement of collections)
- The state pays $56.9 million each year in Medicaid costs directly related to tobacco use
- North Dakotans pay $326 million every year in tobacco-related healthcare costs
- Businesses lose $232.6 million every in lost productivity
- Every household pays $768 in taxes directly related to smoking-related government costs
We’re working to increase the price of all tobacco products in a fair, responsible manner. In the 2019 legislative session, TFND strongly supported SB2355, which replaced the state’s different taxing levels of tobacco products with a uniform rate. The bill didn’t go through, however the legislature graciously decided to study the issue in the 2019-2020 interim period. We are continuing to work with legislators to make great policy for the state.
Lawmakers say they want to hear from constituents about whether you support a price increase. Fill out a Tobacco Price Increase Support Card and mail them back to Tobacco Free North Dakota, P.O. Box 3237, Bismarck, ND 58502 and we’ll make sure they get to your legislators.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD TODAY!
Raising the price of tobacco is a good start, but that move can only so much to help people quit. States need to have robust tobacco control programs. The CDC’s most recent recommendations came in a 2014. Full version can be found Here.
The CDC recommends North Dakota spends $9.8 million per year for a tobacco control program. The minimum recommended level for spending is $7 million per year. North Dakota currently spends about $6.2 million per year. An ideal program has 5 parts:
- State and Community Interventions
- Mass-Reach Communications
- Cessation Resources
- Surveillance and Evaluation
- Infrastructure and Administration
Fully funded programs are proven methods to help adults quit smoking and keep youth from ever starting. Research shows 9 in 10 cigarette users decide to start smoking before their 18th birthday according to the CDC. States with fully funded programs reduce smoking more than underfunded programs. TFND continues to work with legislators to find ways to increase funding for our state’s tobacco control program.
Want to get in touch with your legislator? Print out a Comprehensive Tobacco Program Funding Support Card and mail the completed form back to TFND, P.O. Box 3237, Bismarck, ND 58502.
The third leg of our policy stool is having a strong smoke-free air law. North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved the measure in the 2012 election, with the law going into effect on December 6, 2012. The text of the ND Century Code pertaining to the law can be found below, starting with 23-12-09:
The law prohibits the use of traditional and electronic smoking devices in any public place or place of employment.
The law does not restrict smoking in private residences (unless the residence is used as
a childcare, adult day care, or health care facility subject to licensure by the Department
of Human Services) or in areas not commonly accessible to the public that are part of an
owner operated business having no employees other than the owner operator or outdoor
places that are more than twenty (20) feet from entrances, exits, operable windows, air
intakes and ventilation systems of an establishment in which smoking is prohibited.
North Dakota still wants this law!
Every single county voted in favor of the law. A 2016 survey showed 80 percent of North Dakotans still support the smoke-free air law. Now we want to hear from you! You can print and fill out a Smoke-Free Air Law Support Card and mail back to TFND, P.O. Box 3237, Bismarck, ND 58502.
Below are other helpful links with more information about the Smoke-Free Air Law.
Smoking is an addiction caused by nicotine. Nicotine’s effect on the brain is simple- it rewires the brain to crave more and more. A pack of cigarettes contains 20mg of nicotine. Many electronic products contain more anywhere from 20mg-50 mg of nicotine.
SWITCHING ISN’T QUITTING!
Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, issued a 700-page report early in 2020, stating the best practices for tobacco cessation were FDA-approved medication and counseling. Adams addressed e-cigarettes in the report saying:
“it is difficult to make generalizations about efficacy for cessation based on clinical trials involving a particular e-cigarette, and there is presently inadequate evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes, in general, increase smoking cessation.”
You can read the full report by clicking here
Where Do I Start?
The most important thing to know about quitting is that you are not alone. A 2015 CDC survey showed:
- 68 percent of current adult cigarette users wanted to stop
- 55 percent attempted a quit in the past 12 months
- 7 percent quit within 6-12 months
If you try to quit once and don’t succeed, KEEP TRYING! YOU CAN DO IT! Every attempt- successful or not- makes a tremendous difference and if you keep trying, you will be successful. Below are some additional links to local and national cessation resources.
- Local Cessation Resources Across North Dakota
- Tips and Tricks from the CDC
- Become an Ex
- ALA – Freedom from Smoking Online
Options for Youth Trying to Quit
FDA-Approved Medications for Smoking Cessation
Smoke-free Savings Calculator: Use this handy link to calculate how much money can be saved by quitting!