Moorhead bans flavored tobacco, raises legal purchase age to 21

MOORHEAD, Minn. – City officials in Moorhead have banned all flavored tobacco products from stores and raised the legal age to buy tobacco. The Moorhead City Council voted 7-1 to adopt an ordinance that raises the legal age from 18-21 and bars all flavored products from licensed stores, including menthol cigarettes, flavored chewing or smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and vape juices….

House committee considers raising North Dakota tobacco taxes

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A North Dakota House committee is considering two bills that would raise tobacco taxes. One would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.00, bringing the tax to $1.44. The other bill would raise taxes on other tobacco products. Tim Blasl, president of the North Dakota Hospital Association, told the House Finance and Taxation…

Grand Forks Public Health encourages tobacco users to set quit date

Approximately 19.1 percent of adults continue to smoke in North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS, N.D.–Grand Forks Public Health is among multiple organizations encouraging tobacco and e-cigarette users to set a quit date as a part of It’s Quitting Time. It’s Quitting Time is a partnership between the North Dakota Department of Health, Tobacco Free North Dakota and various North Dakota local public health units to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking….

Gov. Tim Walz signs into law raising minimum age to purchase tobacco products

thumbnail_DSC04789 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed 11 bills into law Saturday, including measures to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 and make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of the toxic and long-lasting chemical trichloroethylene (TCE). Tobacco 21 law covers “tobacco, tobacco products, electronic delivery devices, and other nicotine products.” The process began…

Organizations In Minnesota Want Teens To Know The Dangers Of Vaping

Clearway Minnesota and Clay County Health discussed how to reach the youth.

MINNESOTA – As teens find savvier ways to vape without getting caught, Clearway Minnesota is on a mission to cut at the root of the vaping epidemic. The organization lobbies at the State Capitol to pass stricter tobacco laws. “We have four main policy goals: One is tobacco 21, the second is restricting or prohibiting all flavored tobacco products, the…

Local Businesses React to Raising Federal Tobacco-Buying Age

President Trump recently signed a spending package that, among other things, raises the federal legal age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21

FARGO, N.D. & MOORHEAD, Minn. — Walk into almost any convenience store or gas station, and you’ll see multiple shelves and display cases packed with cigarettes, vaping devices, and other forms of tobacco products. The National Association of Convenience Stores says 34 percent of all in-store purchases are attributed to tobacco. But beginning in the summer, these numbers may change….

Court Says RJ Reynolds Tobacco Owes Minnesota Millions

The attorney general's office says the court will enter a judgment in the coming months for the amount Reynolds owes.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A Minnesota court says R.J. Reynolds Tobacco has wrongfully failed to pay the state millions of dollars it owes under Minnesota’s landmark 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry. The attorney general’s office says the court will enter a judgment in the coming months for the amount that Reynolds owes. Attorney General Keith Ellison said late Thursday his office…

Educators Encourage People to Quit Smoking on “Kick Butts Day”

Nearly 20 percent of adults in North Dakota smoke regularly

FARGO, N.D. — Health educators celebrate “Kick Butts Day” by encouraging people to quit smoking. The first Kick Butts Day was celebrated in 1996. In North Dakota, nearly 20 percent of adults smoke, and one thousand deaths in the state are related to smoking each year. With resources at Fargo Cass Public Health as well as the state’s ND Quits program,…

North Dakota Named One Of The States With The Lowest Tobacco Tax Rate

Contributing factors include low taxes on tobacco and not raising the purchasing age to 21

FARGO, N.D. — A report from the American Lung Association has found that North Dakota is ranked 48th out of all 50 states, with one of the lowest state tobacco taxes. The state saw a $3.2 million decrease in funding for tobacco prevention programs during 2017. North Dakota received a Grade “F” for low state tobacco taxes and for not raising…

Detroit Lakes City Council Votes on Raising Purchasing Age on Tobacco

No seat was empty during the three hour meeting

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The meeting was standing room only. The Detroit Lakes City Council voted on raising the purchasing age people can buy tobacco. Karen Crabtree was one person in support of the ordinance raising the age from 18 to 21, and she addressed the council. “We’re not here to argue about whether vaping is healthy or not,” Crabtree…