GRAND FORKS—When one talks about tobacco prevention, as we often do when working in Public Health, one is often met with emotions and misinformation. Let's set the record straight: ▇ Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in North Dakota. Since 2008, after Initiated Measure 3 passed and allowed for the creation of the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (also known as BreatheND), the state has seen a dramatic decrease in youth tobacco use rates. These rates were stagnant for years prior to BreatheND's inception.
I read with interest the recent Herald editorial regarding the formation of a Commission on Diversity and Inclusion in Grand Forks ("GF's diversity commission mustn't neglect ideological diversity." Page A4, Sept.
On Feb. 23, the Herald ran a story about the dismal rates among adults of chewing tobacco use (“ N.D. ranks highly in smokeless tobacco use ,” Page A1). As the story reported, North Dakota was ranked 49th out of 50 states and District of Columbia, with 7.6 percent of its adults using smokeless tobacco.
GRAND FORKS — I am writing in response to the Herald’s editorial on tobacco use in Grand Forks parks (“Too much loss for too little gain,” Page F1, June 1). Tobacco prevention policies have, throughout history, always been met with some resistance. Tobacco use was so common when I was a child that it was normal to see smokers in grocery stores, movie theaters, school classrooms, teacher’s lounges, doctors’ offices, airplanes, airports and hospital rooms.