Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Hoeven supporting FDA oversight

Letters to the Editor | August 16th, 2017

To the editor:

Thank you, Senator Hoeven, for your leadership in the United States Senate as Chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. During markup of the Fiscal 2018 budget, your subcommittee worked diligently to support our state and, in doing so, did a great service to public health

Advocates like myself are grateful for your continued support in keeping tobacco policy riders out of the budget bill. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently been facing the threat of riders that could weaken its oversight of e-cigarettes and cheap, flavored cigars, which are being used by large numbers of young people and putting kids at risk of nicotine addiction.

This issue is important to me, as I have dedicated much of my career to preventing kids from getting hooked on tobacco. I’ve led efforts in North Dakota to raise the tax on cigarettes and supported statewide prevention education. It’s critical for the FDA to have oversight of the tobacco industry and stop certain marketing tactics that target children.

Addiction, which is a chronic disease, is both treatable and preventable. Nicotine is highly addictive. For many users, it is harder to quit than alcohol. The National Institutes of Health even recognize that exposure to nicotine can make the brain more susceptible to cocaine addiction. The worst part is that tobacco-related illnesses kill more North Dakotans every year than alcohol and opioids combined. Tobacco products have no place around young people.

Though they’re not legally old enough to buy tobacco, candy flavors and cheap prices are helping to get kids addicted. The FDA reported more than 80% of kids who have used tobacco say they started with a flavored product. Another report from the FDA and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says more high school boys are using more cigars these days than cigarettes. These are important areas for the FDA to monitor.

Senator Hoeven, I am grateful for your support for reducing the impact addiction has on North Dakotans. In my career in healthcare, I have met families across our great state who are fighting back against a disease that can ruin lives. They have hope that together we can beat it. As we work to find solutions back home, we are happy to know you are supporting our mission in the nation’s capital.

-Dr. Eric Johnson

Grand Forks

[Editor’s note: Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of North Dakota]

Recently in:

By Olivia Slyteroslyter.g@cord.eduPhotos by Sabrina HornungFor months, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been asking the heavy question “Should the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade be overturned?” On May 2nd,…

MayKenny Wayne Shepherd KWS creates genre-defining rock n' roll.Fargo Theatre, Sunday, May 1,…

Thursday, May 26, 5-7 pm, on view May 26-July 7   Spirit Room Gallery, 111 Broadway N, FargoDennis Terhak attended Moorhead State College after serving four years in the Marine Corps. He spent 25 years wielding a brush, working as…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comOur opinion: It’s not a matter of pro-life or pro-choice, it’s anti-womanI hate to admit it, but aside from the Women’s March in 2017, I hadn’t attended a rally or a march since the Bush…

By Ed Raymondfargogadfly@gmail.com If You Want a Free University Education, Why Not Go to Europe?Why are President Joe Biden and the White House in some kind of sleep mode? Very little is getting done! We can’t afford to go back…

Well shiver me timbers. After weeks of sampling some of the finest drinks in F-M from more bars than we could shake a belaying pin at, the results of High Plains Reader’s 6th Annual Cocktail Showdown are in! For nine weeks,…

By Rick Gionrickgion@gmail.comPhoto by Rick GionAs you may have read, the Hotel Donaldson and the Hodo Lounge are transitioning to the ownership group that runs the Blarney Stone Irish Pubs in North Dakota. Although feelings seem…

By Michael Str!ke  michaelstrike.solo@gmail.comThe word noise can mean so many different things. But here in Fargo, our Noise scene is thriving as what many…

By Greg Carlsongregcarlson1@gmail.com Novelist/screenwriter/director Alex Garland has earned a sizable and devoted following over the years. His previous two feature directorial efforts, “Ex Machina” and “Annihilation,”…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comArtwork: Woodcut by Danielle Gravon titled "Allegory of Fargo Winter I"On June 18, the Rourke will be holding their 62nd annual Midwestern Preview, the date celebrating the opening anniversary of…

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comDrag shows, for me, feel like a celebration of artistry, esthetic, music, and camaraderie. With a dash of confetti thrown in.The local drag community is a close-knit family. Giving back to affiliated…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comCharlie Berens is a man of many hats. The creator of the “Manitowoc Minute” is a newsman, comedian, writer and musician. We had the opportunity to speak with the Wisconsin native about his new…

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comSpring is here (mostly), and our area is buzzing with people eager to get back out and about -- many newly vaccinated and feeling a bit safer. Partnering with Jade Events, Fargo Brewing is just…

by Laurie J Bakeremsdatter@gmail.com Part of modern yoga is participating in the world around us. We live in a time of upheaval in society and nature, and of great suffering in humans of all ages. Most of us perceive this suffering…

By Sabrina Hornungsabrina@hpr1.comLehr Mayor and Council Members Donate City Salaries To Save Legion HallEvery rural community has at least one social space that holds multiple generations of memories and has remained a social…

Hukun provided his responses via email. “I live in downtown Fargo. Downtown living makes everything accessible and convenient! I love taking my kids to Lindenwood, and enjoy the food at Rugsan on 13th Avenue. I also like shopping…