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ND House Waters Down "Ridiculous" State Smoking Ban

ND House Waters Down "Ridiculous" State Smoking Ban

In the last election North Dakotans voted for a statewide smoking ban that, going beyond merely banning smoking, contained a number of provisions for workplaces such as posting signs and removing factory-installed ash trays even in personal vehicles used for work. But today the ND House voted for two laws watering down that ban. North

Senate Overrules Part of Smoking Ban

In what is yet another example of unintended consequences regarding the recent statewide smoking ban passed during the November general election, the North Dakota Senate was forced to take action today to overrule part of this law which was brought via initiated measure. SB 2117, sponsored by the Senate Government and Veterans Affairs Committee at

A Tobacco Tax Hike More Likely To Inspire Smuggling Than Quitting

Grand Forks Rep. Eliot Glassheim has introduced a bill, HB1387, which would represent a massive 127% tax hike on cigarette sales. The excise tax would go from $0.44/pack to $1.00/pack. Glassheim says that he expects the tax hike to raise $59 million in new revenue for the state, but that his goal isn’t so much

“Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm"

The problem with collectivizing something like health care – which is to say turning health care into a “right” that we’re all obligated to provide for one another – is that when we do so we put our freedom to make individual life choices in jeopardy. Because that freedom can be attacked on the basis

Obamacare Might Price Smokers Out Of Health Insurance

The so-called “Affordable Care Act” isn’t really making health insurance more affordable for anyone. Thanks to clouds of new regulations and mandates, health insurance is going to get more expensive for everyone in the country. But smokers, especially, are going to be hard hit: WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of smokers could be priced out of

Should Business Owners Be Reimbursed For Cost Of Complying With The New Smoking Ban?

Last week I wrote about a bill introduced by Rep. Blair Thoreson which would allow business owners to submit to the state’s tobacco prevention board receipts for the expense of putting up smoking warnings and other costs associated with complying with the newly-passed smoking ban. Today the legislation was heard before the House Human Services

Bill Would Compensate Businesses For Costs Of Smoking Ban Out Of Tobacco Prevention Budget

When voters created North Dakota’s tobacco prevention fund back in 2008 they may not have realized that the fund, and the board managing it, could use their revenues for lobbying and political activism, up to and including pushing initiated measures. Now we’re living with the consequences of that decision. With the full force of the

Interview: ND Bar Owner Says Smoking Ban Has Taken Away 80% Of His Business

News today is that North Dakota’s “smoking grade” has improved thanks to the recently-passed statewide smoking ban. Unfortunately, that ban is also killing perfectly legal and profitable businesses. Todd Pryor is a small business owner in Minot, North Dakota. He owns the Great Plains Smoke Shop and, right next door, the Garage Lounge which is

Even After Statewide Smoking Ban, North Dakota's Anti-Smoking Officials Launch New Campaign

Just in case you were operating under the delusion that North Dakota’s tobacco prevention board wasn’t just state-sponsored prohibitionism: The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) has launched a marketing campaign aimed at preventing tobacco use in North Dakota. The ad addresses the $247 million price tag North Dakota taxpayers pay each

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