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…

FDA to Begin Public Campaign Against E-Cigs and Tobacco

They hope to unveil the plan in 2018

  NATIONAL — The FDA is working on a plan to discourage young people from using tobacco and e-cigarettes. The agency will be expanding its “The Real Cost” campaign targeting teens, but they want to develop a full-scale public health education campaign to discourage use of tobacco. FDA officials say they are rolling out the amped-up campaign to push the…

Minneapolis Parks Now Tobacco Free

The policy includes the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Cities in Minnesota are continuing their battle against tobacco. The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has now banned all tobacco use in all of the city’s parks. The policy includes the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco. But officials said if you are caught with a cigarette inside any of the parks, you won’t have to worry…

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 raises the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Members of the Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Generation coalition called 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…