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50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Smoking Report

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's report that first linked smoking as a cause of lung cancer. 

Smoking still kills 800 North Dakotans every year, and it costs the state $247 million in healthcare. 

The state's current tobacco tax is one of the lowest in the country at 44 cents, and The Center for Tobacco Prevention says increasing that tax to $2 would go a long way in reducing tobacco use in North Dakota. 

For more information on a possible tobacco tax increase, visit breathnd.com

 

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