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Senate Committee Adopts Hog House Amending Turning Vaping Flavor Ban Into a Tax

Senate Committee Adopts Hog House Amending Turning Vaping Flavor Ban Into a Tax

When HB1477, introduced by Alisa Mitskog (D-Wahpeton), was passed by the House it was a simple ban on selling flavored vaping products to minors. Here’s the text, which also would have created a stiff penalty for any infractions: The bill passed the House on a 60 – 33 vote, mostly because I think reasonable people

Smoke billows from a cigarette at the Parrot's Cay Tavern and Grill in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

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

Kelsey Eaton, regional manager of Infinite Vapor located on Broadway in Fargo, shows a variety of e-cigarette devices with shelves full of vials with different flavors or scents and varying degrees of nicotine. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Vaping Is Not the Same as Tobacco Use and Treating It That Way Would Be a Mistake

“Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” That saying is called the Shirky Principle, named for its originator writer Clay Shirky, and it’s what I think of when I hear the network of highly paid activists and government bureaucrats who make a living from anti-tobacco activism tell us that

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Bill Would Make Vaping and Tobacco Use Illegal for Adults up to Age 19

When you turn 18 you’re generally considered an adult under the law, meaning you can do all sorts of stuff from voting to serving in the military. But if legislation backed by state Rep. Pamela Anderson, a Democrat from Fargo, becomes law you wouldn’t be able to purchase tobacco or even vaping products. Here are

Is the Fight to Keep BreatheND About Public Health or Big Salaries for Bureaucrats?

North Dakota needs to find ways to save money. In his final budget address to the Legislature in December former Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed eliminating the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control. You know them as BreatheND, purveyors of those obnoxious and pervasive anti-smoking ads. Yesterday Governor Doug Burgum proposed his own tweaks to Dalrymple’s

File photo of a man smoking an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

Data Shows Vaping Is Not Leading Kids to Smoking

In what some might argue is a bid to remain relevant, the anti-tobacco zealots have been working hard to creep their mission from a war on tobacco use to a war on vaping as well. In fact, a recent statewide ballot measure here in North Dakota would have lumped vaping in with tobacco products for

The logo for BreatheND which is the name used in advertising for the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, a North Dakota state agency created by voters on the 2008 ballot.

Governor Jack Dalrymple Proposes Closing Down BreatheND, North Dakota’s Tobacco Taliban

The “Tobacco Taliban” is what state lawmakers, in private moments, call the bureaucratic zealots at the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, a state agency created by an initiated measure in 2008 which you know better as BreatheND. The Legislature has disdained this state agency for years now. Back during the 2013 session the House

Anti-Tobacco Activists File Complaint Over Measure 4 Advertising

We’re just weeks away from election day and while it’s been a pretty quiet cycle here in North Dakota that doesn’t mean we won’t be free from the usual last-minute “gotcha” claims. Case in point, the press release below from Raise it for Health ND – the folks behind Measure 4 on the November ballot

David Johnson, a member of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council, unloads boxes filled with petition signatures for the tobacco tax initiative measure at the Secretary of State's office in the state Capitol Thursday morning in Bismarck. On the left is Kristie Wolff, with the American Lung Association in North Dakota and representing the Raise It for Health North Dakota group, is helped by LeAnn Oliver with the Secretary of State's office. Bismarck Tribune photo.

Audio: Measure 4 Opponent Says Cigarette Tax a Bad Way to Fund Veterans

One of the selling points of Measure 4 on the November ballot, which would hike taxes on cigarettes in North Dakota by 400 percent, is that some of the funding would go to veterans. In fact, per the fiscal impact statement for Measure 4 released by the Secretary of State’s office, if passed the measure

Vapor Stars co-owner Derick Bernier fills a tank for a vapor pen at his Grand Forks store Tuesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Measure 4 Tax Hike Is Wrong to Lump in Vaping

A group calling itself Raise It for Health put Measure 4 on our statewide ballot for November. The title of the group speaks to the measure’s intent, which is to promote public health through tax hikes on tobacco products, including a massive 400 percent increase in taxes on cigarettes. But is it really about health?

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