Tobacco Prevention and Education

Tobacco Prevention and Education

*NOTICE – New Oregon smoking law takes effect in January*
A state ban on smoking in a motor vehicle when a child under age 18 is in the vehicle will go into effect on Jan.1, 2014. First-time violations can bring a fine of up to $250.

Read the text of the new law here.

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
Oregon's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) was launched in 1997 with a clear and simple mandate – to reduce tobacco-related illness and death. Since its inception, TPEP has been a comprehensive program, addressing the issues of tobacco use and Oregon's anti-tobacco efforts are saving lives and money.

Each year in Oregon, tobacco use kills nearly 7,000 people. It claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes, suicide, AIDS, and murders combined. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Oregon and the nation. Tobacco use costs Oregonians almost $2.4 billion annually – a staggering financial burden, and of particular concern at a time of serious economic difficulties in the state.

Facts:

  • In Clatsop County, 21 percent of deaths can be attributed to tobacco use.
  • The local cost of medical care for tobacco-related disease is $14 million.
  • The rate that eleventh-graders smoke is higher than the adult population, 24 percent to 22 percent.
  • Nearly 22 percent of pregnant women in Clatsop County smoke cigarettes.
  • Total economic cost of smoking in Clatsop County is $27.3 million.

As a county, we simply cannot afford tobacco.

Tobacco-free campus
Clatsop County facilities are now tobacco-free! All county buildings and the grounds around them are off-limits to smoking and smokeless tobacco use. The Tobacco-free campus ordinance covers the 800/820 Exchange buildings, Judge Guy Boyington Building, County Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office/Jail and Public Works building and shop in Astoria, and the Parole and Probation office and Animal Shelter in Warrenton. See the ordinance here.

Quit Line: Make a plan to quit tobacco for good...
For smokers – especially the 73 percent who want to quit – there’s never been a better time to kick the habit. There are many ways to quit tobacco that are proven to help smokers quit for good. The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line provides telephone counseling as well as access to other resources. Please call:

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or
in Spanish at 1-877-2NO-FUME (1-877-266-3863)

Smokefree Workplace Law
The Smokefree Workplace Law covers all places of employment. This includes bars, bingo halls and bowling centers, as well as 75 percent of hotel and motel sleeping rooms and all employee break-rooms. In addition, every Oregon business will be required to maintain a 10-foot smokefree zone around doors, windows and ventilation systems.

Employees and the public can help ensure that the law is followed by reporting violations. If you have a violation to report, please call 1-866-621-6107 or complete an online complaint form.

The complaint will be processed by the state and then forwarded to Clatsop County for verification and follow-up. Response measures for non-compliance can progress from a letter, to site visits, and then monetary fines.

Additional Resources
County data
Tobacco Prevention Data and Publications
Become an EX
CDC Tips from former smokers
KillTheCan.org - A Resource To Quit Dip, Snuff & Chewing Tobacco