The Grand Forks Public Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is grant-funded by tobacco settlement dollars and managed by the ND Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, otherwise known as BreatheND.
All local tobacco prevention programs across North Dakota focus on evidence-based tobacco prevention interventions that are founded on policy and systems changes. These interventions are outlined in the U.S Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, 2014.
The four goal areas of the grant are
1) preventing initiation of tobacco use among youth,
2) eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke,
3) promoting quitting tobacco use and
4) building capacity and infrastructure to implement the comprehensive state-wide program.
The Grand Forks Tobacco Free Coalition (GFTFC) has been an integral partner of the program for nearly 25 years. Established in the early 1990s to address minor’s access to tobacco products, the GFTFC was a pioneer organization in the tobacco prevention movement in both the community and the state. Other successes of the collaboration between the coalition and the local tobacco prevention program include Tobacco Retailer Licensing and Vending Laws, Smoke-Free Workplace Laws (2005, 2010, 2012) and Youth Access to E-Cigarette Laws (2014, 2015.)
The Tobacco Prevention Coordinators not only assist with policy development, but enforcement as well. If you have questions about tobacco-related policies/ordinances or would like to report a potential violation, please contact our office.