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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

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

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

Audio: Vaping Advocate Blasts Measure 4, Says “Modern Tobacco Prevention Is About Puritanism”

In November the voters here in North Dakota will decide the fate of Measure 4, a massive 400 percent tax increase on cigarettes and a similarly large hike in taxes on tobacco products. And lumped into the definition of tobacco products? Vaping products. A question for many is why the ballot measure would apply a

Jeanne Prom, executive director of the North Dakota Center For Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, shown here addressing lawmakers, says lack of regulations of e-cigarette products means labels can be wildly inaccurate in describing nicotine levels, placing consumers, especially children, at risk. Bismarck Tribune photo by Tom Stromme

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

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

It's Dishonest To Treat Vaping Like Smoking

In North Dakota we’re going to have a debate about vaping this election cycle, because the proponents of a ballot measure promoting a massive tax hike on cigarettes and other tobacco products have chosen to lump vaping in. “[T]he measure will treat the liquid nicotine drug (smoked via electronic cigarettes) and those who sell it

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

Cigarette Tax Hike Ballot Measure Kind Of Seems Like A War On Vaping Too

The ballot measure to hike North Dakota’s tobacco taxes I wrote about earlier this week was announced yesterday. You can read a copy of the measure as submitted to the Secretary of State’s office below. As expected, it’s a 400 percent tax hike on cigarettes, taking North Dakota’s $0.44 per-pack tax to $2.20 per-pack. The