ND anti-tobacco efforts succeeding, advocate says

A North Dakota anti-tobacco agency says it’s making progress in helping people to quit smoking.

Director Jeanne (JEE’-nee) Prom says the number of North Dakotans who enrolled in a tobacco “quit line” program almost doubled in the last year. More than 2,300 people signed up, and Prom believes it’s because of efforts by local health agencies.

Lake Region State College and the Minot Job Corps center have gone tobacco-free, and the cities of Grand Forks and Napoleon have banned smoking in public workplaces.

A ballot initiative established the agency two years ago. It gets its money from a share of a state settlement of a national lawsuit against tobacco companies.

Prom says the number of school districts that don’t allow tobacco use has also increased.

source: The Associated Press

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