Tobacco prevention

The Walsh County Tobacco Prevention Program offers the following services and programs:

  • Policy Development: We can work with your business or school in developing and implementing tobacco free policies that will enhance the health and wellbeing of your students/staff.
  • Presentations: Presentations are available to schools, businesses and organizations. The length and tobacco topic can be matched to the needs of the group.
  • Free Individual and Group Tobacco Cessation Counseling: Contact tobacco prevention coordinator for assistance.
  • Tobacco Cessation Product Refund Program: This program will refund residents of Walsh County for up to $200.00/grant year (while funding lasts), for qualifying FDA approved medications used to assist them in quitting tobacco. Participants are given the opportunity to enroll in NDQuits and receive personal counseling with the Walsh County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.

Helpful resources and websites include:

NDQuits(Ages 18+)
My Life, My Quit(Ages 17 and under)
This is Quitting(Ages 13-24)

Tobacco Free North Dakota
North Dakota Department of Health Division of Tobacco Prevention
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
North Dakota American Lung Association

                                                                                                         ND Tobacco Laws and Ordinances

                                                                                                                           Know the Risks

Become involved by joining the Walsh County Tobacco Free Coalition:

Our Mission

We are committed to improving and protecting the health of Walsh County residents by reducing the negative health and economic consequences of North Dakota’s number one cause of preventable disease and death-tobacco use.

Our Goals:

  • To prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth and adults
  • To promote quitting among current tobacco users
  • To eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
  • To identify and eliminate tobacco-use related disparities
  • To educate community members on evidence based tobacco related issues such as cessation services, newly emerging tobacco/ tobacco related products and prevention through policy development
  • To keep our community informed on tobacco prevention progress

The Walsh County Tobacco Free Coalition members are passionate about making their community a healthier place to live, work, and play. If you are interested in learning more about the coalition, please contact Sharon Laxdal at 701.352.5139 or

Walsh County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator

Sharon Laxdal, PMHNP, MSN, RN