National Report: North Dakota Ranks First in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

North Dakota outlook-12

WASHINGTON -- North Dakota ranks first in the country for the third year in a row in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released by a coalition of public health organizations. North Dakota is the only state that currently funds tobacco prevention programs at the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to its top ranking, North Dakota has funded its tobacco prevention program at or near the CDC-recommended level since fiscal year 2010 as a result of a voter-approved ballot measure requiring such funding. From 2009 to 2015, smoking among North Dakota’s high school students fell by nearly half, from 22.4 percent to 11.7 percent.

Tobacco use kills more than 480,000 Americans and costs the nation about $170 billion in health care expenses each year.

The full report and state-specific information can be found at