Tobacco Report Card | VideoAmy Fox | 1/15/2013
The national average for cigarette tax is $1.49. But, in North Dakota, it`s only 44 cents. If a higher cigarette tax is passed in North Dakota, it could reduce tobacco use. "We know that youth when we raise the taxes don`t have as much disposable income, so they don`t initiate the tobacco usage. And, the other population it does impact is the poverty level, which has a high smoking population,” said First District Health Unit Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Renae Byre.
Byre says the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Board sent a letter to the state legislature in late December.