North Dakota Smoking Ban Initiative, Measure 4 (2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:North Dakota Constitution
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Smoking bans

The North Dakota Smoking Ban Initiative was on the 2012 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure banned smoking in all indoor workplaces. The measure was sponsored by the group Smoke-Free North Dakota.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
North Dakota Measure 4
Approveda Yes 209,456 66.67%

Officials results obtained from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[2]

Initiated Statutory Measure No. 4

This initiated statutory measure would amend chapter 23-12 of the North Dakota Century Code. This measure would prohibit smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, in public places and most places of employment in the state, including certain outdoor areas. It would provide notification and enforcement responsibilities, along with penalties for violations.

YES — means you approve the measure summarized above.

NO — means you reject the measure summarized above.


No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: North Dakota signature requirements

Supporters were required to collect a minimum of 13,452 valid signatures and deliver them to the North Dakota Secretary of State by August 8, 2012, in order to qualify the measure for the November 2012 ballot.

Smoke-Free North Dakota submitted the initiative to the North Dakota Secretary of State on June 13, 2012, for approval before circulation. The measure was then approved by the Secretary of State on June 22.[3]

According to reports, supporters turned in 21,000 signatures to the Secretary of State on Thursday, August 2.[4]

On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that sufficient signatures had been gathered and that the measure qualified for the ballot.[5]

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