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Who Is Actually Going to Enforce the New Age-21 Smoking Law?

Who Is Actually Going to Enforce the New Age-21 Smoking Law?

People who are 18, 19, or 20-years-old are adults. Our government can draft them into the military, train them to use powerful weapons to kill our nation’s enemies, but they can’t be trusted to make a decision about vaping? C’mon. Let’s live in the real world. But set that question aside for a moment. Let’s

Turns Out the Anti-Vaping Hysteria Was Unwarranted

In recent weeks – amid a drip-drip-drip of stories about illnesses and, tragically, deaths among users of vaping products – there has been an almost palpable glee emanating from the ranks of the professional anti-tobacco activists. With tobacco use rates at historic lows, the anti-tobacco people have been looking for a new dragon to slay

Raising the Smoking Age Is a Dumb Way to Address Teen Smoking When So Many Teens Are Already Ignoring the Law

In Minnesota many local governments are joining a national trend toward raising the age for tobacco use to 21. In North Dakota, as the Fargo Forum reported over the weekend, that trend hasn’t found footing. That’s something the Forum would like to change, advocating for the age-21 tobacco prohibition in an editorial. There are a

Legislation Would Raise North Dakota’s Tobacco Age to 19, but Exempts Active Military Members

Currently North Dakota bans tobacco use for minors (vaping is included as tobacco use, even though it’s a much different thing). “Minors” means anyone under the age of 18. But legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo) would raise that age to 19, unless you’re an active member of the U.S. military. You can

This Is Why Putting Anti-Tobacco Activism in State Government Was a Bad Idea

Study: Nicotine labeling on e-cigarettes sold in ND often wrong That’s the troubling headline over a Patrick Springer article published in the Fargo Forum over the weekend. Whatever your position on vaping, we can all agree that the labeling should be accurate. But there’s a problem. This study was conducted by the anti-tobacco activists in

Should Smoking And Vaping Be Treated As Though They're Exactly The Same?

Should we regulate and tax vaping products in the exact same manner as we do tobacco products? That’s likely going to be the question before North Dakota voters this year as anti-tobacco activists push a new ballot measure (read it at the link). Their proposal would lump vaping products in with tobacco products, and then implement

Brad Rodu: Reporter, Cass County Officials Mislead Public On Health Risks Of Smokeless Tobacco

Robin Huebner’s Sunday column, “North Dakota ranks high in use of smokeless tobacco,” was grossly misleading. As Rob Port pointed out, North Dakota may have the third highest smokeless rate in the U.S., but the state’s smoking ranking is “middle of the pack,” despite a relatively low cigarette excise tax. [mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#000000″

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Vaping Seems To Be Replacing Smoking, Not Luring People To It

This coming session our lawmakers will be considering legislation which would continue to treat vaping, or “e-cigarettes,” as though it were just like actual smoking. Already the state included vaping in its ban on smoking, now lawmakers will consider whether or not to ban smoking to minors. As I’ve written previously, I don’t believe we

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