Highlights: North DakotaTobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association and its partners have committed to three bold goals:
1. Reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent by 2024;
2. Protect all Americans from secondhand smoke by 2019; and
3. Ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
The American Lung Association in North Dakota recognizes that these bold goals will only be met in North Dakota if these following three actions are taken by our elected officials:
1. Raise the state cigarette tax currently at 44 cents per pack to $2.00 per pack;
2. Restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors;
3. Keep in place the current fully funded tobacco prevention program and smokefree law as voted on by the people of the state.
North Dakota's legislature only meets once every two years, so there was no legislative session in North Dakota in 2014. During this off-year, the American Lung Association in North Dakota worked to continue to educate decision makers about electronic cigarettes, which will likely be a big issue during the 2015 legislative session. The goal is to make sure the current law in North Dakota that prohibits the use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is not allowed remains intact and strong.
The American Lung Association in North Dakota is part of a broad based coalition called Raise it for Health ND. Currently, North Dakota's tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the nation and hasn't been increased since 1993. The goal of the coalition is to raise the tobacco tax during the 2015 North Dakota legislative session. The Raise it for Health ND coalition launched a statewide education campaign in 2014. The coalition has found that a large percentage of residents in the state that they have spoken with do support an increase in the state's tobacco tax and many were also appalled by how low the current cigarette tax, at only 44 cents per pack really is.
These goals can be reached by continued support, education, and outreach by the Raise it for Health ND Coalition members to both the public and elected officials and by the residents of North Dakota voicing their support for tobacco control issues. During the 2015 legislative session the American Lung Association in North Dakota and Raise it for Health ND Coalition will need compelling personal testimony along with strong data and information to move our goals forward.
North Dakota State Facts
|Economic Cost Due to Smoking:||$442,053,000|
|Adult Smoking Rate:||21.2%|
|High School Smoking Rate:||19.0%|
|Middle School Smoking Rate:||5.8%|
|Smoking Attributable Deaths:||877|
|Smoking Attributable Lung Cancer Deaths:||259|
|Smoking Attributable Respiratory Disease Deaths:||245|
Adult smoking rate is taken from CDC's 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school smoking rate is taken from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Middle school smoking rate is taken from the 2011 Youth Tobacco Survey.
To Get Involved, Contact:
- American Lung Association in North Dakota
212 N. 2nd St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
- 701 223 5613
Did You Know?
2014 was the 50th anniversary of the historic 1964 Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, which linked smoking to lung cancer and other deadly diseases for the first time.
A 2014 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that about 8 million lives have been saved through tobacco control efforts since 1964, including 800,000 lung cancer deaths between 1975 and 2000.
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 1,300 people per day.
Secondhand smoke kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year.
28 states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
New York has the highest cigarette tax in the country at $4.35 per pack.
Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack.
The average of all states plus the District of Columbia's cigarette taxes are $1.54 per pack.
Nine states have taxes on other tobacco products equivalent to their state's cigarette taxes.
Alaska and North Dakota are the only two states that fund their tobacco control programs at or above the CDC-recommended level (in Fiscal Year 2015).
No states approved cigarette tax increases large enough to impact smoking rates in 2014.
No states approved a comprehensive smokefree workplace law in 2014.
2 states—Indiana and Massachusetts—offer a comprehensive cessation benefit to tobacco users on Medicaid.
The average amount states invest in quitlines is $3.65 per smoker in the state.
Nationwide, the Medicaid program spends more than $40 billion in healthcare costs for smoking-related diseases each year—more than 15 percent of total Medicaid spending.
A recent study found that CDC's Tips from Former Smokers media campaign is highly cost effective in helping smokers quit and reducing smoking-caused deaths.
In 2009, the American Lung Association played a key role in the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.
The American Lung Association played a key role in airplanes becoming smokefree in the 1990s.
41 states and Washington, D.C. spend less than half of what the CDC recommends on their state tobacco prevention programs.
States spend less than two cents of every dollar they get in tobacco-related revenue to fight tobacco use.
Each day, more than 3,200 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and about 700 kids become new, regular smokers.
Each day, more than 2,300 kids try their first cigar.
Smoking costs the U.S. economy $356 million in direct healthcare costs and $411 million in lost productivity each day.
The five largest cigarette companies spent over $22.9 million dollars a day marketing their products in 2011.
Secondhand smoke causes $5.6 billion in lost productivity in the U.S. each year.
Smoking rates are almost twice as high for Medicaid recipients compared to those with private insurance.
A 2013 study of California’s tobacco prevention program shows that the state saved $55 in healthcare costs for every $1 invested from 1989 to 2008.
A 2012 study of Massachusetts' comprehensive Medicaid quit smoking benefit found that Massachusetts saved $3 for every $1 spent helping smokers quit in just over a year.
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