Lifeline for tobacco farmers

The down and out of tobacco farmers of Krishna district are likely to sell their licenses and switch to other crops in the coming season after the recent decision of the Board of Tobacco to allow the transfer of the license barn farmers in other regions of the country, Karnataka on.

Hardly a year goes by when Krishna farmers must struggle to sell their shares mainly because traders tend to offer low prices referring to the poor quality of the crop. As a result, farmers may sell their shares and they do not give up tobacco farming. And it is due to the presence of pits.

Indeed, Krishna farmers require Tobacco Board compensation for the dismantling of their barns, they can move on to other cultures. After hectic lobbying, tobacco Council gave the green light to transfer the license to shed other regions in a recent meeting of the governing body.

Council’s decision to permit the movement of tobacco barns revived hopes of farmers from the areas and Kesara Kanchikacherla in Krishna district, Tullur in Guntur district and Bhadrachalam in Khammam who also would like to quit tobacco products in accordance with their mounting losses.

It is learnt that cash rich farmers of West Godavari district as well as those from Karnataka are rushing to Krishna district to grab the licenses from local cultivators.

According to initial inputs, nearly 1,800 barns in Kesara, Kanchikacherla, Tullur and Bhadrachalam would be cleared for transfer to other regions.

While the farmers in these areas are desperate to get rid of their tobacco licenses, those in Northern light soils (NLS) region Devarapalli, Koyyalagudem, Gopalapuram, Jangareddigudem in West Godavari seek to increase production, as there is a great demand for their shares in the international market .

In the absence of science policy, farmers in the region will be recognized NLS producing huge reserves without permission they nonetheless unload after paying a fine to the board. After careful study of the whole question, tobacco Chairman G Kamalavardhan Rao urged the council to shift unwanted barns in areas where there is demand for them.

Farmers from NLS belts are now trying to get the barns in Krishna, a move that would allow them to be performed by a stock in the future. Sources said that the farmers of West Godavari offer up to Rs 05.06 crore for the transmission license.

Apart from the cost to have the license transferred to the farmer will also have to pay for the construction of the shed, which can add another Rs 1.5 crore to its expenses. “With a license to put an end to year’s headache pay fines, NLS farmers are willing to pay huge sums for its transmission.

This will help us in a big way to clear our debts and go to other cultures, “said Purnachandra Rao, tobacco farmer Kanchikacherla.

Overall, there are about 42,000 authorized barns in the state and another 21,000 barns in Karnataka. Interestingly, the farmers from Karnakata, is believed to have built about 20,000 barns without permission and refused to remove them, despite warnings from the field. On the other hand, the board officials also failed to act tough against such unauthorized pits due to pressure from the public. Meanwhile, farmers of Krishna district are in no hurry to sell their barns in the hope of getting more awards waiting for some time. They hope to get around Rs.8-10 lakh for the barn, if farmers of Karnataka are also line up for the licenses.

New type of tobacco

Camel orbs are the size and color of Tic-TACs and packaged as breath mints. But each ball packs about the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette. Snus is another product that comes in a bright tin box with Camel logo on the lid. Tiny sacs contain soluble tobacco in mint or vanilla flavors.

Snus also has the same nicotine hit, like cigarettes. Big Tobacco is also a marketing nicotine strips that dissolve on the tongue. Some cigars are now in flavors such as grape and cherry.

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, for its part, insists on the fact that these products are instead for the adult consumer to which we would reply: Yes, true. What part of the adult tobacco craves white grape flavored blunts?

We recognize that nicotine delivery systems such as patches, chewing gum and even nicotine mints serve less harmful alternative to cigarettes and may help some smokers quit. Those products, many of which were previously available only by prescription, can be targeted to adult users.

But nicotine sold in the form of chocolates can only have one main objective: Getting kids hooked on one of the drugs in the world. And while regulators have taken reasonable measures to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children, they seem to be behind the curve, which prohibit the use of “new tobacco” and other nicotine products minors.

Jane Alleva, director of the local drug and alcohol abuse education coalition All Council On, attended seminars where she learned more about the risks associated with these products. She said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined fashion as “high risk” teenagers.

She told the assembly of local health directors last week that children can die from ingesting lethal amount of nicotine. For decades, from the 1970s, health officials have seen a steady decline in teenage smoking. But efforts hit a wall in 2009, when the decline leveled down.

In 2011, nearly 30% of high school males and 18% of women use some form of tobacco. This included both cigarettes and forms a “new tobacco.”

Among middle school students, 10% of boys and 8% of girls were using tobacco products. And now, 18 – 25 year olds have the highest rate of tobacco use in any age group in the country.

To some extent, this result is less public money spent on anti-smoking campaigns throughout the country. During the economic downturn, such programs have been among the first to be cut. And in some states, including South Carolina, have traditionally had little anti-smoking efforts in the first place.

But another factor is certainly the marketing of alternative tobacco products to young people. Let them hooked in high school, and they are customers for life – even if that life is reduced to the use of tobacco.

Health officials fought teen smoking for decades with great success, but these new products represent a growing threat and the new strategy on the part of Big Tobacco. Tobacco companies sell the same product in new packaging.

This is a threat that must be addressed not only to the health authorities, such as Alleva, but also by both government regulation and law enforcement. It’s quite simple: Don’t let the market tobacco addictive substance for our children and hit the sale of any tobacco products to minors.

Japan Tobacco received the first FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Monday of a new AIDS medicine is a first for the company Japan Tobacco Inc.2914. To +0.40%, who spent a quarter-century of research products with no product of his laboratory permit large U.S. market.

The FDA approved pill combination with AIDS that will be sold in the U.S. by Gilead Sciences, Inc. under the trade name Stribild, Jennifer Corbett reports Dooren.Produkt combines Gilead four different medications, one of which is a substance called elvitegravir. This was discovered by

Japan Tobacco and licensed to Gilead.

Separately Gilead seeks permission for elvitegravir as a standalone product.

According to the annual report of Gilead, issued in February 2012, it was $ 45 million in upfront and milestone payments in Japan Tobacco as Stribild progressing toward approval FDA, and will pay an undisclosed royalty rate on sales of products containing elvitegravir. Some analysts say,

Stribild sales could reach $ 3 billion a year by 2020.

Japan Tobacco is closer to FDA approval several times. He found the drug to enhance the body HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and licensed its Roche Holding AG. But after more than a decade of human trials in thousands of patients, Roche concluded earlier this year that the drug was not effective enough.

In the U.S. and Europe, pharmaceutical research, as a rule, in the province of specialized companies. Japan has given the world gout drug found textile manufacturer, cholesterol drug from fashion and diversified Electronics Company, and now, a cure for one of the major disasters in the world from the cigarette manufacturer. Specialists in drug say a few fields so unpredictable, and the list seems to offer enough evidence.

Groups refuse tobacco conference

A coalition of civil society for the collective banner MATA urged the government to withdraw its support for World Tobacco Asia conference, scheduled for September 19.

The Coalition of Indonesian Consumer Foundation, residents of Jakarta Forum, the National Commission to mitigate the effects of tobacco, and others, said that the upcoming conference insult to the country.
“The Conference Committee believes Indonesia’s tobacco market is not friendly smoking bans or other restrictions or regulations, as compared to other ASEAN countries. This is an insult of our people, because it means that we support the death, and we urge the government to ban the conference for our dignity, “Tulus Abadi from the YLKI said on Thursday.
World Tobacco Asia, the annual international conference, which offers tobacco, the tobacco industry a forum to showcase their products and services in Indonesia, Asia-Pacific and Australian markets tobacco.
Tulus said at the conference this year, cigarette manufacturers were hoping to reach 8 million of new tobacco users in the Asia-Pacific region, of which 6 million would be from Indonesia. “Indonesia is organizing a conference for the second time, even after MATA protest staged at the conference venue, the Jakarta Convention Center, two years ago,” Tulus said.
Chairman of the MATA Tubagus Haryo Kuntoro said that the organization expects the government to take action this year after his failure to do so two years ago. “The government can not ignore their protest, but we hope that, at least, the event this year, these ministries do not support the conference« Tubagus reporters.
Tubagus said that the group is planning a series of measures, including a protest in front of the presidential palace on August 13 in protest at the conference venue. The data of the Ministry of Health said that in 1995 there were 34 million active smokers in Indonesia. In 2010, this figure more than doubled to 80 million in Indonesia, that members of the NGO coalition against the conference found deeply disturbing.
Talus said that tobacco is not only affected the health of smokers, but also have a negative impact on their finances. “The data of Central Statistical Agency said that cigarettes are the second most important element of the household after the rice among people with lower income bracket in the country. They spend about 12.4 percent of his salary for cigarettes,” said Tulus. “This is their purchasing power, which must be taken from them so that they could use the money to buy something else,” he added.
In addition to oppose the conference, a special group of anti-tobacco activists hoped to force the government to ratify the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Control. “FCTC stipulates that the government should charge higher taxes on cigarettes, the order of the tobacco companies to put health warnings on cigarette packages and cigarette ad campaign to reduce the” Tubagus said.

County's proposed Tobacco-Free campus plan moves ahead

Beginning in September, tobacco will not be able to enjoy their habit on properties of Clatsop County government.

Margo Lalich, Clatsop County Public Health Director, presented a proposed law to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, which would establish tobacco-free campuses in the county several properties, including the Judge Guy Boyington Building at 857 Commercial Street in Astoria, building services at the district 800 and 820 Exchange St. in Astoria, and public works, building and the store in 1100 and 1196 Olney Street. in Astoria.

Lalich and Health Promotion Specialist Steven Blakesley argue that the cost of implementing a tobacco-free campus on properties was minimal only requires a sign, but this message is a tobacco-free campus project will send a very valuable public health.

“Tobacco is the leading cause of death in the United States,” said Blakesley Commission.

According to him, in an average year in Clatsop County 6409 (22 percent) of adults regularly smoke cigarettes. Passive smoking and tobacco use leads to serious illness in 1525 people and tobacco account for more than one-fifth of all deaths in the country. These deaths are a result of 13 million dollars in lost productivity.

The medical costs of tobacco-related diseases in the country is $ 14 million, $ 10.6 million, of which passes through Medicaid.

Blakesley said that while the sales of cigarettes have decreased over the past 20 years, tobacco is widely used among teenagers. Twenty-four percent of the 11 the class county reported smoking cigarettes (16 percent of the state), while 18 percent reported using smokeless tobacco.

“It’s important that we create policies to prevent the children from the beginning,” he said.

Blakesley said that a number of national and international organizations have made to reduce tobacco use, one of the main priorities for public health.

On August 2, Governor John Kitzhaber signed an order banning tobacco use on public property.

“Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon. Human and financial costs are too high,” Governor Kitzhaber said in a statement. “By promoting a healthy environment for public employees, customers and visitors, we can create an environment that reduces tobacco consumption and protect health.”

In the second reading the proposed law will be held August 22 meeting of the commission districts. If it is adopted tobacco-free campus policy will come into force in September.

Lalich said the health department hopes to provide the Commission with the amendment to Resolution 2013, which would extend its application to other properties of the district.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin commissioners gave his report on the state division of probation and the probationary period in the year after the commission voted to transfer duties of the head of the district in the sheriff’s department.

Bergin, head of the Lieutenant Kristen Hanthorn and two parole and probation staff reported a positive effect on the changes.

“I really believe that we have professional staff there and doing well,” said Bergin. “We can now work together better.”

In addition to coordinating the efforts of law enforcement and probation officers, parole officers have received training, equipment, and to send help to improve their safety, making it home.

“I think we have helped to improve their safety 10 times,” said Bergin.

A parole officer said that before they had access to the shipment, he called his wife to check in before and after he made a home visit.

Since the change, Bergin said, parole and probation has increased the number of home visits, an increase in revenue collection and reimbursement payments, reducing management and some of the costs, improve teamwork, and instituted a more flexible schedule to accommodate work schedules parolees.

“The only thing we really work for this funding from the state in 2013,” said Bergin. He said that if funding becomes too much, then he will have to seek parole and probation in the state.

In other Clatsop County Board of Commissioners action:

The Board approved the reclassification of two 4-H and the position of extension services. Former administrator of the Secretary Office Specialist classified as a specialist and former office was reclassified as an office manager.

The Board authorized the Chairman to sign the letter, Peter Huhtala requesting a grant from the Department of land and coastal zone management program.

Taxes on tobacco products

Missouri voters will see suggestion tax on tobacco products and give the police department in St. Louis to the local authorities in November, but they will not vote for a payday loan or regulation of minimum wage increases, the Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday.

The payday loan initiative fell 270 signatures less than the number required in the first Congressional District, according to figures released by Carnahan’s office. The minimum wage proposal was 510 signatures short in the third district and 1091 in the first short.

The proposal taxes on tobacco will add 73 cents per pack of cigarettes, 25 percent to the cost of loose tobacco for cigarettes and 15 percent on all other tobacco products. Funds received by an estimated $ 283 million $ 423 million per year will be divided between the public schools, higher education and eradication programs of smoking.

Measure of St. Louis will be canceled during the civil war, a law that puts the police under the supervision of the Board of Police Commissioners, appointed by the Governor.

Decision Tuesday petition is unlikely to provide a new round of litigation. Voting language written by Carnahan and State Auditor Tom Schweich was approved last week the Supreme Court of Missouri tobacco tax, payday loan, and the minimum wage proposals.

Payday loan and the minimum wage initiatives have been undertaken as a coordinated campaign for the measures of community coalitions, faith, labor and student groups, said Sean Soendker Nicholson, director of the Progress of Missouri. They intend to go to court to get another look at the signatures submitted in St. Louis, where only 49 percent of the signatures collected were counted, he said.

According to Nicholson said, came from a post Carnahan, 76 percent of the signatures collected in Boone County were valid and 80 percent of the signatures collected in Jefferson County were valid.

Jefferson County is part of the third electoral district, where the minimum wage proposal fell 510 signatures short. “We are going to fight in court to verify that the signatures are valid,” Nicholson said. The payday loan proposal would cap interest on the short-term loans at 36 percent. The minimum wage proposal would increase the wage to $8.25 an hour and require an annual adjustment based on price levels.

Cigarette sales decreased and tobacco sales will increase

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics released Thursday that show a decrease in cigarette sales and increased sales of other tobacco products since 2000.
The report said sales of cigarettes fell by 33 percent, and other forms of tobacco has increased by 123 percent over that time.
The report was less than 1 percent overall reduction in smoking from 2010 to 2011.
Accounting Associate Pat Jensen said that he smokes and is not interested in going on mini-cigars.
“I really like the taste, because they are more careful,” Jensen said of cigarettes. ” Cloves are a lot harsher on your lungs.”
Although the alternative is cheaper, Jensen said he would continue to smoke Marlboro Gold.
Communication junior Angela Vaszily said she sometimes smokes, and neither she nor her friends have plans to switch to cheaper alternatives.
“I do not care if they are more expensive,” said Vaszily. “Do you have a brand and stick with it.”
Vaszily said she was smoking a cigar in a mini-school, but she went for cigarettes when she was in college.
Ashley Emmons, assistant manager of Admiral Discount Tobacco, 5601 Tues Saginaw Highway in Lansing, said she had never seen death in the sale of cigarettes, or an increase in sales of small cigars.
“We get our regular customers, who get what they like,” says Emmons.
She said a pack of cigarettes worth more than $ 6 a package of small cigars is about a dollar cheaper.
James Herman, medical director of Sparrow Cancer Center, said there is a mini cigarette or cigar, tobacco is still bad for your body.
“There is no difference …. When you breathe (smoke), he goes into the lungs,” said Herman. “Tobacco is tobacco. All this is bad for the lungs…. It seems that this is not so bad, but it is.”
He added that tobacco companies can say whatever they want about how filtered cigarettes and get away with it.
“They can say whatever they like,” said Herman. “It’s not illegal to lie.”
However, when Jensen smokes, he does not care about the price or health, he just wants to enjoy their work.
“If I do what I know is bad, I’ll enjoy.”

Tobacco industry should not use farmers to fight Baryomunsi bill

The tobacco industry is using farmers as an excuse to oppose tobacco control legislation.

The bill does not prohibit the growing of tobacco; it is aimed at pressing the government to provide alternative crops to tobacco, because tobacco growing is not only time consuming, resulting in child labor, underpaid farmers and their crops.

In most parts of Uganda, especially in the West, tobacco farmers took to the cultivation of rice. The tobacco industry should not be argued that the bill, if adopted, would hurt farmers economically. The bill aims to regulate the sale, supply, use, taxation, advertising and promotion of tobacco and tobacco products.

Among other things, it also aims to verify the interference of the tobacco industry, providing a smoke-free environment and leadership in the field of environmental protection, provide advice on tobacco packaging and labeling.

 Recognise Benedicto Kiwanuka contribution

Many former leaders of Uganda, living and dead, were awarded medals of the independence of the various categories of President Yoweri Museveni last year for their sacrifices to help Uganda achieve its independence. Among the awardees included Dr. Milton Obote, the second Prime Minister of Uganda, and Benedict Kiwanuka, who was the first prime minister, was not recognized.

In addition, the first Prime Minister, Kiwanuka was the leader of the Democratic Party and one of the first people who brought the country to the transition between the British rule and independence. He was killed by the regime of Idi Amin in 1972 for practicing truth and justice. He was a true patriot who always believed in the Constitution.

In March 1961 the Democratic Party won the most votes and Kiwanuka became chief minister in Uganda Legislative Council and as a consequence, the Uganda Constitutional Conference was held in London, which led to the Uganda government, and Benedict Kiwanuka his first prime minister in the new national assembly.

So, what would be observed marking 50 years of independence, Uganda was the result of the efforts of Benedict Kiwanuka. I urge the government of Uganda to return to this issue and recognize Benedict Kiwanuka, not only as a hero, but as the father of the nation.

Burundi’s Prince Rwagasore deserves better recognition

Daily Nation Correspondent Charles Omondi, in his part of Rwanda and Burundi, the first relates to the independence of Burundi, the prime minister, as Louis Gwagasora. The correct name is Prince Louis Rwagasore. This Rwagasore is “unknown” in East Africa says Africans and our history.

We have the right to quote and read the issues that are related to Bismarck, de Gaulle, Hitler, etc., but we do not see our heroes. The last book of Belgian writer focusing on the murder Rwagasore describes him as “Burundais Lumumba.”

I listened to clips Prince Rwagasore voice on the BBC, referring to his countrymen soon after his election, and with the little I’ve read and heard about him and Patrice Lumumba, I believe, two nationalists could not survive the day politics of the region. Will our region geopolitics was different there were two live?

This is a puzzling question that Charles Onyango Obbo delivered after the death of Dr. John Garang, and the fact that Ugandans have been thinking about Benedict Kiwanuka. Do these people are dying too early? Otherwise, Omondi does a good job telling us that the leadership and the general national spirit may mean in the life of the country.

ATAAS can increase our agriculture

The press recently reported Shs 1. 6 trillion agricultural projects, agricultural machinery and agricultural advisory services (ATAAS), which will run for five years. The agricultural sector employs 75 percent of Uganda’s labor force, but it contributes only 20 per cent of GDP.

With ATAAS in place, I believe that the sector will be increased further, leading to increased food security and export earnings. ATAAS will definitely help in creating new jobs, especially in the agricultural sector. I appeal to the offices, who will be responsible for the funds ATAAS work hard to ensure this project is successful, since agriculture is the backbone of our economy.

DRC must sort out their mess.

Having failed in an attempt to sort out their mess for 50 years, the Congolese government of Uganda is now trying to drag it. According to some reports, DRC President Joseph Kabila of Congo accuses Uganda of support M23 rebels who are fighting their government in the eastern Kivu.

This is an old problem can be handled Congolese peace, but the warring parties have rejected each other’s terms and conditions adopted by the war. Allegations that President DRC Ugandan troops were seen in the Congo are false and are not accompanied by evidence. President Kabila has to solve its problems, not blaming anyone to attract sympathy.

On the other hand, Uganda is doing everything possible to prevent the escalation of the crisis, with President Museveni, as chairman of the ICGLR, holding a summit in Kampala this month. Uganda has made it clear that he is not interested in war, but trying to help, partly because we have sustained influx of Congolese refugees into the country.

Manage people

I believe that the current problems of the rapid population growth in Uganda can be solved by extending known population of the less populated areas. The government could focus on ensuring the quality of infrastructure, services and employment opportunities in these areas to attract people.

In addition, rural-urban migration can be checked, if well-paid jobs used in the villages, providing easy access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, electricity, schools, and all weather roads connecting to the medical institutions.

Lead by example

I ask the leaders of Uganda recognize that our integrity as a people descended too low, with high levels of corruption, poor accountability for public funds, lack of medicines in public hospitals, crime, and general loss of respect for each other as human beings.

Thirty years after the NRM came to power, it can not be right that while the level of inequality worsened in our society, coupled with the phenomenal consumption and materialism of the existing side by side with high unemployment rates, we continue to allow state employees and officers to do business with the employer.

It is our individual and collective silence in the face of gross violations of the force that makes a great noise. It is important that government leaders, religious leaders, civil society, etc., to stand up and educate people about morals and principles of law and promoting good values. However, if leaders do not practice what they preach, all this is doomed to failure.


Minor tobacco sales continue to fall

Sale of tobacco products to minors in the U.S. reached a record low of 2011 in accordance with federal and state inspection programs aimed at limiting the use of tobacco, minors, according to a report released on Thursday.

Violation rate of tobacco sales to minors at retail nationwide youth declined from 40 percent in 1997 to 8.5 percent last fiscal year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Bet on the results of random, unannounced inspections carried out in the stores if they sell tobacco products to the customer under the age of 18 years.

In March, the U.S. doctor said more needs to be done to young Americans with the use of tobacco, including new bans and higher taxes on tobacco products. It was the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use by a chief physician in almost two decades.

This point was called home in a separate report Thursday from another federal agency. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a significant increase in the consumption of cigars and loose tobacco products offset the decline in cigarette consumption in the past year. Adult cigarette consumption fell by 2.5 percent between 2010 and 2011, while consumption of other types of tobacco smoked has increased by more than 17 percent over the same period, according to the report, which highlights the differences in the classification of taxes and tobacco products As one of the reasons for the increase.

Almost one in five high school age teenagers smoke, according to the report of the surgeon general’s office in the. The figures compared to previous decades, but the pace of decline slowed. He also said that more than 80 percent of smokers begin at age 18, and 99 percent of adult smokers in the United States beginning at age 26.

“We know that if we can stop children from smoking before they turn 18, the likelihood that they will become smokers as adults are actually very low. By reducing retail access, we reduce one of the ways that children can acquainted with tobacco and become smokers, “says Susan Marsiglia Gray, who oversees the program Synar Regulation.

The program, named after U.S. Rep. Mike Synar of Oklahoma, is a federal mandate requiring each state to document that the rate of tobacco sales to minors is not more than 20 percent of the risk of losing millions of federal funds for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment.

In the past fiscal year, 34 countries reported a violation rate of retail below 10 percent, the report said on Thursday. It was the sixth time that no state was out of compliance. Nevada reported the lowest rate at 1.1 percent, and Oregon reported the highest rate at 19.3 percent.

However, the report says that children can instead get their cigarettes and tobacco products in places other than shops and petrol stations. Recent federal data show that about 14 percent of juveniles reported buying their cigarettes in stores in 2009, compared with more than 23 percent a decade ago.

“Reduction of retail access is an important part of a comprehensive program of tobacco control, but it is only a part,” said Marsiglia Gray, adding that the state should be associated with other tobacco, such as increasing tobacco taxes, the adoption of the smoking ban and conduct anti-smoking campaign.

Control of tobacco sales

Dickinson leaders want more control over of tobacco sales in the city.

The city has right to sell tobacco products, but because the government and not the actual law, it is not something that can be revoked, the City Administrator Shawn Kessel said.

“Retail interest in tobacco is becoming more common, and therefore our response must be adequate,” he said.

Dickinson commissioners decided to create a resolution calling for a license to sell tobacco during 23 July meeting. Regulation should be the second assertion.

The Southwestern district health Unit, which verifies compliance checks of tobacco legislation, has been pushing for a strong insist on a stronger law to stop selling tobacco products to persons under the age of 18 years, says Tammy Hovet, SWDHU tobacco coordinator.

Many stores do not ask for identification when the unit checks for compliance, she said. The last compliance check in Dickinson took place in January, and six out of 17 businesses sold to minors, Hovet said.

“If we have these licenses, we will have more control over what is a sale, and we would have more control over the operators, it means that we will have more control over the buyers,” said Kessel.

The highest penalty for selling tobacco products to a minor is a $500 fine and possible suspension, according to Dickinson city code. Penalty for first offense for an employee selling to minors $ 50, and all subsequent violations within two years worth $ 150. The retailer receives a $ 100 fine for a first offense, $ 250 for the second in two years and $ 500 for all offenses within two years after that.

All tobacco offenses are no criminal, according to municipal code.

Minors between the ages of 14 and 17 caught possessing or using tobacco products could face $ 100 fine. Those buying tobacco to minors face the same penalties as the seller.

If the Dickinson Police caught using or possessing small tobacco products, they are listed and sent to juvenile court, said Capt. Dave Wilkie.

“This gives us another tool used to enforcement (tobacco legislation),” he said of the proposed regulations. “I think it will give something to the business owner to think about.”

If the business will be in non-compliance, SWDHU sends letter to business, the City Commission, DPD, Stark County state attorney and attorney general of North Dakota.

“Any reports would be excellent starting solutions,” Hovet said. “The education under tests warning letters are a good start to stop selling cigarettes, but that they will bring to justice will be a big part of the solution.”

The public will have the opportunity to comment on this issue at a meeting of the City Commission at 4:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, 99 Second St. E.