State and local public health officials are assessing how funding cuts may affect anti-tobacco efforts in North Dakota after the elimination of a standalone state agency dedicated to such programs.
The move to repeal the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, known as BreatheND, was one of the more contentious budget battles at the Capitol this year. The Republican-controlled Legislature, following recommendations from former Gov. Jack Dalrymple and his successor Doug Burgum, voted to eliminate the agency and combine tobacco-related efforts with the state Department of Health.
The Health Department is now crafting a state plan based on best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most recent plan laid out several objectives for state and local health agencies, including raising the price of cigarettes and upholding the state’s smoke-free law that passed in 2012.