Youth Access to E-Cigs

Regulation and Youth Access

Electronic cigarettes are not currently regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, meaning there is no way to know what chemicals they contain and in what amounts. These products are currently exempt from marketing and flavoring restrictions, often glamorizing the product.  Non-regulation also means that electronic cigarettes are exempt from laws applied to tobacco products including the purchase of, sale to, and possession by minors under age 18.

The 2013 North Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey, released by the North Dakota Department of Health, reveals that electronic cigarette use among youth has almost tripled from 2011 to 2013. High school students in grades 9-12 who have reported ever trying an e-cigarette increased from 4.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting this alarming trend on a national level as well.

At least 8 communities in North Dakota have passed or a currently discussing ordinances that regulate sales of electronic cigarettes to minors.  Minnesota has had this legislation since 2010.

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


Tobacco Free Parks

2014 Grand Forks Park District Tobacco Study

The Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition with support from the Grand Forks Public Health Department and funding from BreatheND-Saving Lives, Saving Money is releasing the results of a study showing community attitudes and perceptions towards a Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Parks Policy.

The scientific study surveyed 618 adults in the community to determine how they felt about comprehensive tobacco-free parks policies and why they felt it was important.

Key findings are:

  • Eighty-five percent of adults feel that it is important to have tobacco-free environments (including e-cigarettes) in all Grand Forks Park District facilities (defined as playgrounds, fitness centers, arena, pools, softball fields, golf courses and all city parks.)
  • Ninety-six percent of adults feel that it is important to have comprehensive tobacco-free environments to promote positive role modeling and create an environment promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Seventy-eight percent of adults support the Grand Forks Park District’s adoption of a comprehensive tobacco-free policy which would prohibit all forms of tobacco on all park district properties.
  • Respondents were asked how often people used the parks. The responses were grouped as using the parks either daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.  All groups supported comprehensive tobacco-free parks policy adoption. Ninety percent of daily park users and ninety-one percent of monthly users indicated support.

To view the full report, click HERE

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151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


Neutral Impact

The findings of a recent study, conducted by Dr. Cullen Goenner of the Economic Department at the University of North Dakota,  show when one controls for outside factors, the passage of two separate pieces of legislation had no effect on aggregate sales of restaurants, bars, or truck stops in the city of Grand Forks. A copy of the executive summary and the final report can be found in the Links and Resource tab.

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151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


SF Grand Forks Continues

The Grand Forks City Council will hear the second reading of the proposed smoke-free ordinance on Monday, December 3rd.

This proposed ordinance meshes the 2010 city ordinance for smoke-free workplaces and public places with the provisions of the new state-wide smoke-free law that passed by initiated measure in November.

While the new state law is considered comprehensive, some of the provisions from Grand Fork’s 2010 law are stronger than state law and will remain in effect, pending the second reading.

To read the proposed ordinance, visit the Laws and Policies Tab of the tobaccobyes.com website.

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


Celebrate Smoke Free ND!

In November, North Dakotans voted definitively in support of Measure 4, which will make all public places and workplaces 100 percent smoke free. In all, 66.66 percent voted in favor of Measure 4. Not one county in the state had less than 50% of the vote.

On December 6, North Dakota will become the 30th state with a 100 percent smoke-free law that protects all North Dakotans from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


Smoke-Free North Dakota??

The Grand Forks community has been reeping the health benefits of a comprehensive smoke-free law for almost 2 years now. Please visit http://www.facebook.com/SmokeFreeND for more information about how the entire state of North Dakota could soon be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke!

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151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


GF Continues Support for Smoke-Free Workplaces

On May 30, the Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition released results of the Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance Community Impact Study.

This survey shows that the community supports the smoke-free ordinance and that the Grand Forks City Council did the right thing by protecting it’s citizens from the harful effects of secondhand smoke.

Click HERE to view the full study.

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


SIGNIFICANT Decrease in Indoor Air Pollution After Smoke-free Law

In August 2010 and January 2011, before and after the implementation of the comprehensive smokefree ordinance in Grand Forks, indoor air pollution levels were sampled and analyzed.

Click HERE to view the Grand Forks Air Quality Monitoring Study.

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151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


365 Days of Smoke Free Air!

Don’t forget to tell your favorite hospitality venue how much you appreciate patronizing thier establishement, especially when they provide and environment free from Secondhand Smoke!

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com


Smoke Free Grand Forks on August 15th !

The Smoke Free Workplace and Public Place Ordinance ( No 4290) that was passed by the Grand Forks City Council on April 5th, will take effect on August 15th as intended.  In an attempt to refer this ordinance, area bar owners have been collecting signatures on petitions for the last 30 days.  Although they only needed 3805, their original goal was 6000 to allow for duplicate or invalid signatures. Breaking news yesterday on the gfherald.com website indicated that the bar owners were still about 1800 short of the required number, putting them nearly 3000 short of their original goal.

This truly proves that the citizens of Grand Forks were ready for this policy. Smoke free environments are becoming the national norm and Grand Forks recognizes that.  Get ready, because on August 15th, we’re clearing the air…

Contact info

151 S. 4th St, Suite N301, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Telephone: 701-787-8100 Fax: 701-787-8145 E-mail: hthorson@grandforksgov.com