The Legislature has voted to de-fund the Tobacco Control and Prevention agency – also known as “Breathe ND.”
That agency’s tobacco prevention functions will be taken over by the state Health Department. Seven staffers and a temporary employee will lose their jobs – and one position will transfer to the Health Department.
The agency was created by initiated measure in 2008 – and receives its money from the lawsuit settlement states reached by the big tobacco companies.
The Senate already voted to defund “Breathe ND.” And the House has now followed suit.