A new national report released today ranks North Dakota as the best state for protecting kids from tobacco.

The state has ranked No. 1 for four straight years now. The report was released by a coalition of public health organizations.

According to the report, North Dakota earns $66.8 billion in tobacco revenue and the CDC recommends the state spend $9.8 million in tobacco prevention. In 2016, North Dakota spent $10 million and the state plans to spend $9.9 million in 2017.

The report states that 18.7 percent of adults in North Dakota smoke while 11.7 percent of High School students smoke.

You can see the full report here and the North Dakota specific numbers here.

During the 2016 general election, a measure was put on the ballot in North Dakota to raise the tax on cigarettes from $0.44 to $2.20 per pack. In theory, this measure would also curb tobacco use since it would be significantly more expensive to purchase a pack of cigarettes. An overwhelming majority of voters (over 61 percent) voted against the tax increase.

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