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Michael Connor, rural Starkweather, N.D., Published June 28 2013

Letter: Money is wasted on smoking ads

I have a few questions for the North Dakota Department of Health regarding its “ND Quits” campaign.

In the past several weeks, I have noticed full-page, full-color ads in the state’s major newspapers, plus all of the weekly papers in this region of the state, promoting the campaign so vigorously directed against the few remaining folks who would dare to light up a cigarette in our state. My questions:

It is not necessary for the North Dakota Department of Health to run a ful-page ad to provide the answers to these three questions; a simple news release from Bismarck (not each of the county health department offices) will suffice.

An interesting side note: I have not noticed any cries of outrage about this waste of money from the media (print, TV, radio) that certainly benefit from this waste.