Dawn Aberle, Published January 26 2011
Voters were clear about tobaccoAs a mom, I try to teach my kids the importance of right and wrong. What an excellent example of right and wrong I can use with the introduction of HB 1353 in the great state of North Dakota.
An example of what is right: 162,774 North Dakota voters voted for and passed Measure 3 in 2008, which uses a small percentage of tobacco settlement dollars to fund a comprehensive tobacco use prevention and control program.
Another example of what is right: how the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control is responsibly using those dollars to accomplish their goals of helping schools write policies that keep those grounds tobacco free, assist people who want to quit with free nicotine replacement products, and help health care organizations do a better job of asking people about tobacco use and providing resources to help them quit.
Here’s an example of what is wrong: Sens. Judy Lee, R-West Fargo, Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, Tom Fisher, R-Fargo, and Reps. Bob Skarphol, R-Tioga, Bill Devlin, R-Finley, and Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, ignoring the will of the people and seeking to remove that funding with HB 1353.
Call your legislators and let them know that every vote does count and 162,774 of those votes wanted this money designated for tobacco prevention. Tell them not to support HB 1353.