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COMMUNITY THE WA_SH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESD,Y, FEBRUARY I I, 2015 Page 5 Through with Chew Week encourages a tobacco-free lifestyle GRAFTON, N.D. -- Through with Chew Week (February 15- 21) is an annual effort to call at- tention to the use of smokeless tobacco. Throughout the week, public health&apos;s goal is to educate people about the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco and encour- age them to be "through with chew." According to Walsh County Health District and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center), events like Through with Chew Week are increasingly important because more youth re- port using smokeless tobacco products in recent years. The 2013 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) re- ports that 13.8 percent of high school students use chewing to- bacco, snuff or dip compared to 8.8 percent nationally (high school: 2013 YRBS). Slick advertising and market- ing by tobacco companies is a major contributor behind the in- creased use of smokeless products among our youth. One of the ways tobacco companies market is by making kid-friendly flavors of products like cherry, apple and cit- rus, and placing them in colorful packaging that appeal to our youth. Tobacco companies spend millions of dollars promoting smokeless products because, in addition to the kid-friendly fla- vors, these products can often be used where smoking is not al- lowed. "Studies show that flavored to- bacco products are especially at- tractive to our youth, which is concerning because the younger they are when they begin to use tobacco, the more likely they will become addicted to nicotine," said Jeanne Prom, executive director for the Center. "The flavored products are considered 'starter' products, and are part of the to- bacco companies' strategy to re- place those users that have either quit or died." The 2014 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's Report reiter- ates that one of the most effective ways to reduce youth tobacco use rates is to make tobacco less af- fordable. Higher prices on tobacco products discourage young people from starting in the first place. Tobacco companies also mar- ket smokeless products as safer al- ternatives to cigarettes. "There's no such thing as a safe tobacco product," said Stacy Langen, RN with Walsh County Health Dis- trict. Smokeless tobacco products cause oral cancer, mouth sores, tooth decay, permanent discol- oration of the teeth, and myriad other health problems. "Despite the false claims made by tobacco companies, smokeless products cause serious health problems and can lead to future smoking." The 2012 Surgeon General's report (Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults--A Report of the Surgeon General) says that young people sometimes use smokeless tobacco products in places where tobacco is banned, such as schools because these products are easier to con- ceal. In addition, most young peo- ple who use these smokeless products also smoke cigarettes. "We need to continue educat- ing people about the negative ef- fects of tobacco use, and encouraging and supporting to- bacco users who want to quit," said Langen. "That's exactly why events like Through with Chew Week are so important." To find out what Walsh County Health District is doing to observe Through with Chew Week, con- tact Stacy Langen, RN at 701.352.5139. For more informa, tion about the dangers of tobacco, visit www.breathend.com. Park River Parks and Rec Annual Ice Fishing Derby ife00ne The ea00r In Personal Response andSupport Services Feb. 7ctt00 t"rom 7:00"g:..50 Heroine Oam Registration to start 12:30 Kids 12 & under are free! ............................................................ llilllllrN" ............. I-/- Week five. Common core, hit00er ed, and legWizing madjmna By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Very busy week, time is marching on after finishing five weeks of the legislative session. I introduced Senate Bill 2315 to Political Subdivisions Committee regarding raising state liability insurance cap from $500,000 to $3 million; this request was driven by the re- cent Larimore train/bus accident. After lengthy discussion the committee suggested I set up a meeting next week to compromise with the insurance departments on a accept- able amount for an amendment. Common core was the big topic this week with the hearing, last Monday. The House Ed- ucation committee recommended a 9-4 Do Not Pass, which would keep common core in ND. If the house kills this bill this week it would mean common core is still law in ND and the Senate would not have to hear it. The income tax reduction bills seems to have cooled down with the oil tax revenue de- clining. Need your opinion if we should re- duce income taxes or keep them the same? Karen Anderson (Grafton) and Linda Thorson (Edinburg) with Concerned Women for America CWA were down testifying against Human Trafficking. A hot education topic this week was the Confirmation Hearing of Dr. Melicher for him on the Higher Ed Board. It was intense discussion as the Senate takes its role and re- sponsibility seriously in these confirmations. I voted against him because his interview did not give me a good sense of leadership that the Board needs to correct all the problems Higher Ed has to deal with. The Board needs to be accountable in setting precedence in what is best for the future of our students. He was confirmed by a vote of 27-18. Twila Novak from Grafton, representing and watching out for Walsh County was down to Bismarck last week. Senate Bill 2247 which wanted to have an- nual sessions for the legislature was defeated by a 28-19 vote. We are one of only four states that meets every other year in the Na- tion. The Governor can call a special session if a major issue comes up in the off session year. This bill is nothing new and comes up every session for a vote. John and Erin Morgan from Grafton, were in Bismarck to testify for the House Bill 1430 which would legalize medical marijuana for medical purposes. John's brother Ray of Fargo was the main person who initiated this bill. If passed, this would allow people with a debilitating medical condition -- such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV or post-traumatic stress disorder to receive a prescription. What do you think of the legalization of Med- ical Marijuana in North Dakota for medical purposes? A new autocycle by Polaris called the Slingshot, requested us in the transportation committee to allow them to license this vehi- cle. Currently the seat is to low to the ground to meet licensing standards. There are four dealers in ND that sell this and say in other states is becoming a big hit for certain age groups that do not want to get a motorcycle li- cense and can sit side by side with your date. Prices range from $20,000 to $24,000. The House passed 1195 bill by 53-38 vote, which would allow guns in schools. This bill would allow individuals with a class 1 con- cealed permit to carry a gun in school, if ap- proved by the school board, Prime sponsor Rep. Kiefert from Valley City said many small schools can't afford to hire resource of- ricers like Grafton has. He said if you are against this you may want to train your kids how to nm the zig zag pattern to increase their survival. This comes to the Senate and I need your comments on how to vote? I had the honor to be put on the confirma- tion hearings to interview Karen Tyler who is currently our North Dakota Securities Com- missioner. We questioned her for 50 minutes and I feel very fortunate for North Dakota to have a excellent commissioner. I will carry this message on a floor speech to the Senate next Monday in asking them to concur with our unanimous decision to approve. Once again I would like to thank all of you for your support in allowing me to serve you as your Senator in Bismarck this session. If you have any questions or comments please email or call me. Editor's Note: Campbell is a Senator for District 19 in the North Dakota Senate. By Gary Paur Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- By the time you read this the voting will probably be done on the Com- mon Core bill in the House. This bill will be (have been) voted upon on Wednesday the 1 lth and you will be able to see the results of that vote in the media. Feelings run deep on this bill and there has Common core.., again HB 1461, the bill to end our involvement in the Common Core Standards, was seen by many to be flawed as introduced. This is not uncommon and often the Committee hearing the bill will amend such a bill to make it as workable as possible. The amending process will generally take place whether the Commit- tee members are in favor of the been soe inte[esting procedural bill or not. This is in order to send meuvering in the iegislature.  the floor thebest possible leg- islation even though it may have a "do not pass" recommendation. With House Bill 1461 a ma- jority of the Committee would not adopt any amendments and voted to send the bill out as it was with a 9-4 "do not pass" recom- mendation. The 4 dissenting members took the unusual step, for members of the majority party, of passing out a minority report with an amendment which would substantially change the original bill; this Minority Report and its amendment has the bill sponsor's support. These procedural shenanigans may be of little interest to most of the state but it sure gains the at- tention of the jaded legislators who have to deal with it. Contact: gpaur@nd.gov Editor's Note: Paur is a Rep- resentative for District 19 in the North Dakota House of Repre- sentatives. PUBLIC NOTIC If anyone has any information regarding the vandalism, to the outdoor ice rink on or around Jan. 25 please contact Parks manager Corri Bell at 331- 3947 or one of the.= Park River Park Board members. North Star Coo On Sale Feb. 15 Cellar 8 Wine $8.25/bottle Sutter Home or Gallo 4 packs $4.99 NOrth ......... 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