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Smoking to Blame for an Overnight Deck Fire in Fargo

Fire crews said not putting out cigarettes and cigars the right way is a leading cause of fires in Fargo

FARGO, ND — Fire crews said an overnight deck fire in far south Fargo was caused by smoking materials not put out correctly. The fire crept up the walls and got into the attic of a house at 6084 61st Avenue South in the Deer Creek area of Fargo. Crews said it caused about $12,000 in damage. Before fire crews…

Local Programs Continue Despite Defunding of BreatheND

The funding will now be housed at the North Dakota Department of Health

FARGO, ND — BreathND is done at the end of the month. The legislature voted to defund the state’s tobacco prevention agency in April. There will no longer be a statewide agency dedicated to tobacco prevention come July 1st. The funding will now be housed at the North Dakota Department of Health. Whether it was providing education or a plan…

Minnesota Senate Introduces Bill to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Purchases

The senate introduces a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 in Minnesota

MINNESOTA–Just two days after Edina made the change, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that raisesĀ the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Members of the Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation coalition calledĀ it a win. “It’s really a huge victory,” said Jason McCoy, the tobacco prevention coordinator with Clay County Public Health. Edina is the first city…

BreatheND Urges Lawmakers to Continue Funding

BreatheND is the center of two bills being proposed this session, one would completely defund the program and the other would keep it alive

BreatheND asked state legislators to think twice before voting on a bill that would defund the program. In a press conference at Sanford Health in downtown Fargo, employees and advocates of the program highlighted the strides in reducing tobacco use made by BreatheND since its creation back in 2008. They said between 2013 and 2015 the program cut high school…