Residents’ views sought on tobacco-free ND State Fairgrounds

Area residents are invited to share their thoughts on a tobacco-free North Dakota State Fairgrounds this month.

Minot’s STAMP tobacco prevention coalition has partnered with First District Health Unit to conduct a community survey in a statewide effort to gather public opinion during August on a tobacco-free state fairgrounds.

The survey can be found on the First District Health Unit website at www.fdhu.org.

In 2016, STAMP conducted a local survey within Minot to gauge public opinion on a tobacco-free policy for local Minot parks and outdoor event areas. More than 50 percent of the write-in comments specifically requested the N.D. State Fair as a location that they wished to see, at the very least, smoke-free. Over 70 percent of those surveyed supported either a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy for Minot parks and outdoor event areas.

With this initial information, STAMP and FDHU have partnered to gather public opinion specific to the state fairgrounds. This survey has been distributed on social media.

FDHU and STAMP representatives presented the initial Minot Park and Outdoor Event survey information to the State Fair Board on July 20 and explained that a survey specific to the State Fair would be the next step.

The results of the survey will be provided to the fair board when they become available.

“We are interested in what the survey shows certainly,” said State Fair Manager Renae Korslien. All state buildings on the fairgrounds already are smoke-free, along with the grandstand and Kids Kingdom. Korslien said finding a means to effectively enforce a ban has been the challenge standing in the way of a tobacco-free fairgrounds.

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