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2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - ND: Smoking Prevention

Despite adopting strong smoke-free laws in public places, about 1,000 North Dakotans die each year from smoking-related diseases. (eddie welker/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, putting a spotlight on one of the leading causes of cancer death in the country. Lung cancer is expected to account for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths in 2019, according to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. Deb Knuth, g

North Dakota has some of the strongest laws against smoking in public spaces in the country. (extremis/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A new report assesses how North Dakota is doing when it comes to preventing cancer. The 17th edition of How Do You Measure Up? from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network looks at state legislative activity and gauges how lawmakers are supporting policies that reduc

North Dakota leads the nation in committing funds for programs to prevent kids and adults from smoking. (American Cancer Society)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's efforts are leading the nation to keep kids away from tobacco and help those that do smoke, quit. A national report lists North Dakota as one of only two states in the country that funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at levels recommended by the Cent

A move to raise North Dakota's nearly lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax is awaiting approval to get onto the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is one step closer to raising one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation. In an effort to curb youth smoking, advocates say they've got enough signatures to get a cigarette tax hike on the November ballot. The state hasn't raised tobacco taxes in more than two dec

The North Dakota Secretary of State is reviewing a petition this week for a tobacco tax-hike proposal on the November ballot. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A move to raise North Dakota's cigarette taxes could be a step closer to getting onto the November ballot this week. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office is reviewing the measure, which would bump up the state's tobacco tax from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack. The state

North Dakota tops the nation when it comes to funding tobacco-use prevention programs aimed at teens.(iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - For the third year in a row, North Dakota ranks number one in the nation for funding programs aimed at keeping youth from smoking. According to a new report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, North Dakota is the only state in the nation that is spending the full amount recomm

PHOTO: The youth smoking rate in North Dakota is 19 percent, well above the U.S. average of around 15 percent. Photo credit: DLSimaging/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has North Dakota ranked as best in the nation. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, North Dakota will take in $62 million in tobacco revenue this year, while spending about $9.5 mil

IMAGE: This coming Friday is Wear Red Day. The annual event from the American Heart Association aims to raise awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women. CREDIT: AHA

FARGO, N.D. - When one mentions a heart attack, the first vision that comes to mind is often a man grasping at his chest. However, heart disease actually takes the lives of more women than men. To raise awareness of the prevalence, Dr. Rawa Sarji, a cardiologist at Sanford Health, said it is time to

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