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

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

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Vaping Likely Cause Of Smoking Decline, Anti-Tobacco Bureaucrats Take Credit

“North Dakota only state spending enough on tobacco prevention” That was a headline from the Grand Forks Herald this week regarding a report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. You really have to admire how the anti-tobacco bureaucrats are putting their priorities right up front these days. It’s almost like their goal isn’t so much

Alternate Point Of View: E-Cigarettes Keeping Kids Away From Tobacco

“E-cigarettes more popular than tobacco among teens, survey finds” That’s the headline to a Bismarck Tribune article by Amy Sisk. And given the tone of the article, I guess we’re supposed to be alarmed that so many more kids are using e-cigarettes. Certainly that’s what North Dakota’s anti-tobacco gestapo took away. The Center for Tobacco Prevention

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North Dakota Anti-Tobacco Agency Fighting Vaping The "Endgame For Tobacco"

On the 2008 ballot North Dakotans voted to create the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy in our state government, funded by the settlement from the classaction lawsuit against the tobacco industry. We can have a debate about whether or not it’s wise to have anti-tobacco activism enshrined in our state government (the Center is

State Lawmaker Questions Legality Of Breathe ND's Opposition To Vaping, E-Cigarettes

North Dakota’s Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, a state agency which also operates as BreatheND, has been active in opposing the use of vaping and e-cigarettes. But a state lawmakers wonders whether or not the group has the legal authority to do that. Rep. Mike Schatz, a Republican from New England, has requested that

Should North Dakota Taxpayers Be Footing The Bill For Anti-Vaping Activism?

Here’s a principle that is a cornerstone of my thinking about governance: It should be neutral. What I mean by that is public policy should be applied dispassionately. How we feel about the law, our philosophies and emotions and preferences, belong in the political process. They should be expressed in campaigns and at the ballot

Brad Rodu: Anti-Smoking Advocate Spouts Nonsense About Vaping

On March 15 Tom Dennis authored a sensible editorial about e-cigarettes in the Grand Forks Herald.  He wrote that “vaping is best thought of as a method of quitting smoking.  As such, it can be a public-health tool.  Because while e-cigarettes are not ‘safe,’ meaning zero risk, they’re proving to be both dramatically safer than

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Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco Products Does A Disservice To Public Health

E-cigarettes have roared into the marketplace as a new product with few regulations. Currently lawmakers in Bismarck are grappling with how to deal with this product, which among other things is currently legal to sell to minors (though most retailers aren’t allowing that sort of thing). Personally, I’m not convinced we need to regulate nicotine

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