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Smoked out? Tobacco sales down in Minnesota, up in ND

October 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS In the months since Minnesota raised taxes on tobacco products, more cigarettes were sold to retailers in North Dakota. And at the same time, it’s too early to tell whether the tax hike has reduced the number of smokers, one of its intended effects. Continue Reading

WOSTER: As schoolboys, smoking was a way to show off maturity

February 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic

If you’re thinking we schoolboys were demonstrating a pretty low level of maturity, sure, you’re right. Continue Reading

Fed judge blocks graphic labeling on cigarette packages

November 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A judge today blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images including dead and diseased smokers on their cigarette packages.
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Ban proposed on electronic cigarettes on planes

September 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Obama administration is proposing a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes by airline passengers, saying there is a concern they may be harmful. Continue Reading

Minnesota smokers now paying another penny for pack of cigarettes

August 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Smokers in Minnesota start paying another penny a pack for cigarettes starting today as an annual adjustment in the state’s cigarette tax takes effect. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Dayton’s concession offer should have been shutdown changer

July 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

As Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday, Minnesota has run out of desirable ways to address an increasingly damaging situation. Lawmakers are left to choose between bad and worse. Minnesota Republicans chose worse. Continue Reading

FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

June 21, 2011 in The Daily Republic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.
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FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

June 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration today released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use. The labels will take up the top half both front and back of a pack of cigarettes. Warning labels also must appear in advertisements and constitute 20 percent of an ad. Cigarette makers have until the fall of 2012 to comply. Continue Reading

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Group to fight a cigarette tax hike in North Dakota

November 13, 2010 in INFORUM

No bill sponsor yet for $2-per-pack increase

A newly formed group that intends to fight tax increases during North Dakota’s 2011 legislative session has set its sights on a proposal to raise the cigarette tax to $2 per pack. Continue Reading

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Federal agencies propose graphic cigarette warning labels

November 10, 2010 in INFORUM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs: These are some of the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels that will take up half of each cigarette package.
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