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Tobacco Prevention Program
The Tobacco Prevention Program offers comprehensive tobacco prevention and control measures in Richland Countywith an emphasis on protecting residents from second-hand smoke, proventing youth tobacco use, and helping tobacco users quit. The Tobacco Prevention Program operates on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's best-practices model and supports North Dakota's statewide tobacco prevention strategy.


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Eliminate Secondhand Smoke

People who don't use tobacco face the same risks as smokers if they are exposed to second-hand smoke.  The Surgeon General has concluded  that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.  Apartment buildings where smoking is allowed represent a particular hazard to residents who are non-smokers.  Smoke travels through openings in common walls (such as electrical outlets) and through ventilation systems, and often enters apartments where non-smokers live.

Adopting a smoke-free policy makes sense for landlords not only because it creates a healthier environment for tenants, but because smoking in apartments causes extra cleaning labor and expense before new tenants can move in.  Smoking is also a major cause of fires in apartment buildings.  A listing of smoke-free apartment options in Richland County will soon be available.  Meanwhile, tenants and landlords alike can get more information about smoke-free living at www.smokefreehousingnd.com.

Help Quitting
NDQuits, a free telephone and online services, effectively helps North Dakotans quit using tobacco.  The best way to quit tobacco is to use social support and proper medication.  On average 35% of NDQuits members are tobacco free after one year compared to 5% of people who are able to quit on their own.  Call NDQuits at 1-800-784-8669 or log on to ndhealth.gov/ndquits.

Prevent Youth Initiation

Reducing young people's use of tobacco depends on changing social norms to make tobacco less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible.  Youth prevention work in Richland County includes:

  1. Provide information on the impact of increasing taxes on tobacco products.  North Dakota has one of the nation's lowest tobacco taxes and one of the nation's highest rates of youth tobacco use.  Raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products has been shown to effectively reduce youth tobacco use.
  2. Most Richland County schools have comprehensive anti-tobacco policies, or are in the process of adopting such policies.  The Tobacco Prevention Program advises schools on policy.
  3. Enforcement of state laws and local ordinances helps limit youth access to tobacco.  Regular compliance checks ensure that retailers ask for age identification of young tobacco purchasers.  Laws and ordinances also require that tobacco products be sold only from behind the counter; self-service displays are not allowed.

Related Links

www.ndhealth.gov/ndquits         Make your plan to quit

www.cdc.gov/tobacco                Center for Disease Control and Prevention

www.no-smoke.org                    Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

www.cancer.org                         American Cancer Society

www.lung.org                            American Lung Association

www.heart.org                           American Heart Association

www.breatheND.com                  North Dakota's smoke-free law

www.chewfree.com                    Spit tobacco cessation resource

For more information on the Tobacco Prevention Program use our Request for Information form.

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