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Carolyn Bodell, Published January 30 2011

People of North Dakota voted willingly for Measure No. 3

In 2008, the people of North Dakota voted to fund tobacco prevention by passing Measure 3. Today, 80 percent of North Dakotans support the work of the task force formed by Measure 3. We voted to use the tobacco settlement money to fund tobacco prevention efforts and continue to believe that is where the money should be used.

In HB 1353, the North Dakota Legislature is considering eliminating tobacco prevention funding. If they disregard the will of the people and pass this bill, how exactly are they representative of the people?

We must continue to fund tobacco prevention, not only to save lives, but because the people of our state believe in the effort and its outcomes. Legislators, listen up and save Measure 3.