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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

Isn’t Choice Better Than Force?

MINOT, N.D. — Congress seems set to pass a law raising the age for legal tobacco use to 21. Here in North Dakota, Devils Lake already adopted an age-21 ordinance for tobacco use and vaping, though it’s probably not legal for reasons I’ve explained previously. They’re lumping in vaping with this move, which is unfair because that

A sign welcomes guests to Devils Lake, N.D. (Grand Forks Herald)

Devils Lake’s New Age-21 Vaping Law Is Probably Illegal

MINOT, N.D. — Recently the Devils Lake City Commission passed a new ordinance raising the age at which it’s legal to purchase and use vaping products. The city also increased the penalty for the unlawful sale, purchase, and/or use of said products. The North Dakota Century Code sets the age for vaping at 18. Devils Lake has

File photo. Discontent in downtown Fargo has a large selection of products for people who enjoy vaping. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

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

North Dakota Marijuana Activist Warns Against Using Marijuana Vaping Products

Last night David Owen called me and said he wanted to speak out about the dangers of marijuana vaping products. Owen is one of the organizers behind Legalize ND, a citizen group which backed a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota last year. His group is readying another proposal for the ballot

Melissa Markegard, tobacco prevention coordinator for Fargo Cass Public Health, displays a few of the vaping devices popular among teenagers. Health officials in Wisconsin and Illinois recently announced hospitalizations of more than a dozen teens and young adults related to vaping. Derek Murray / WDAY

Trump’s Ban on Flavored Vaping Products Is a Dumb, Knee-Jerk Reaction

In recent weeks we’ve seen a lot of headlines about vaping being linked to hundreds of cases of lung disease. In our region, North Dakota has reported at least one case of vaping-related lung disease, while Minnesota has seen a similar case end in death. This has, unfortunately, provoked some hysteria.  Newspaper editorial boards are

Ross Nasca, general manager of the Smoke Shop and Ecigs in Duluth, displays a Juul. (File Photo) Bob King / Duluth News

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

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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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