ND anti-tobacco initiative petitions turned in
North Dakota is spending roughly a third of the money that it should to discourage tobacco use, say advocates of a ballot initiative that voters are likely to decide in November.
The proposal’s supporters turned in petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s office on Monday that they said included the signatures of 15,667 North Dakota voters, or 22 percent more than the minimum of 12,844 needed to qualify for a vote.
They collected the names in three months.
“I think this was an easy measure because so few people said no,” said former attorney general Heidi Heitkamp, who is chairwoman of the initiative campaign. “People were just more than willing to sign.”
The measure would establish a nine-member board that would be put in charge of developing a comprehensive program to discourage smoking, smokeless tobacco chewing and other forms of tobacco use.