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New Report: Ballot Measure 3 Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money in North Dakota
Date:9/23/2008

on and reduce tobacco's enormous health and financial toll on the state," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "This report provides powerful evidence that Measure 3 is truly a win-win solution for North Dakota's health and economy. By preventing and reducing smoking and other tobacco use, Measure 3 would not only improve health and save lives, but also save money and strengthen the economy."

Tobacco use kills more than 900 North Dakota residents every year and costs the state $247 million just in annual health care costs. State productivity losses from smoking total an additional $190 million per year, not even counting the productivity declines from smokers being sick more often than other workers and taking cigarette breaks while on the job. One in five adults in North Dakota smokes, a rate that has basically remained unchanged for a more than a decade. More than 21 percent of high school students still smoke, and 20 percent of high school males use spit tobacco. The North Dakota youth tobacco use rates are all higher than the rates nationwide.

To view the entire report, please visit tobaccofreekids.org/pressoffice/ndreport2008.pdf


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