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North Dakota Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Initiative, Measure 3 (2008)

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The North Dakota Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Initiative, also known as Initiated Statutory Measure 3, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated state statute, where it was approved.[1] This measure established a tobacco prevention and control advisory committee and an executive committee. It also developed and funded a comprehensive statewide tobacco prevention and control plan. It also created a tobacco prevention and control trust fund to receive tobacco settlement dollars to be administered by the executive committee.[2]

Aftermath

In late 2010, Jeanne Prom, director of the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, reported that since the approval of the 2008 measure the number of North Dakotans who signed up for help in quitting smoking has increased by an estimated 80 percent.[3]

Following the 2008 measure both Grand Forks and Napoleon cities approved local ordinances to ban smoking in public workplaces. Prior to the measure both Fargo and West Fargo approved similar ordinances.[3]

Election results

North Dakota Initiated Statutory Measure 3 (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 162,793 53.94%
No139,03446.06%

Election results via: North Dakota Secretary of State, Official Vote of General Election, 2008

Text of measure

Ballot title

The language appeared on the ballot as:[4]

Initiated Statutory Measure No. 3

This initiated statutory measure would add seven new sections to the North Dakota Century Code and amends section 54-27-25.

This measure would establish a tobacco prevention and control advisory committee and an executive committee; develop and fund a comprehensive statewide tobacco prevention and control plan; and create a tobacco prevention and control trust fund to receive tobacco settlement dollars to be administered by the executive committee.

YES – Means you approve the measure as summarized above.

NO – Means you reject the measure as summarized above. [5]

Statutory changes

The measure added seven new sections to the North Dakota Century Code which can be read here.

Fiscal impact

The cost for the program is about $18.6 million over two years, financed with part of North Dakota's income from the 1998 settlement of a lawsuit against the nation's largest tobacco companies. Heitkamp, who was attorney general from 1992 to 2000, helped negotiate the settlement. North Dakota has received more than $200 million from the settlement since the payments began in 1999.[6][7]

Supporters

Supporters included:[8]

  • Richland County Tobacco Compliance Officer Jason Bergstrand
  • Former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, chairwoman of the campaign
  • Richland County Tobacco Free Coalition

A full list of the sponsoring committee members can be read here.

Path to the ballot

Supporters of the initiative turned in 15,667 signatures on July 28, 2008, to the North Dakota Secretary of State. To qualify the initiative for the November 2008 ballot in North Dakota, 12,844 valid signatures were needed.[6][7]

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