Gov.Burgum signs bill into law to defund BreatheND

Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 3:37 PM CDT
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BreatheND, the voter created tobacco prevention program, will close on June 30.

Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., signed into law Senate Bill 2024 which repeals laws setting up the program.

Proponents of the law say the money, which comes from a tobacco settlement trust fund, could be more efficiently used by the health department.

However, BreatheND's director says youth smoking has decreased at double the rate since its creation.