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Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Visit Cottage Grove to Celebrate 20 Years of Tobacco Prevention Success in Lane County

| May 19, 2017

Oregon Health Authority | May 17, 2017

What: Governor Kate Brown, with support from Oregon Health Authority (OHA), will announce the state’s tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017. The event will also celebrate the successes of Lane County’s tobacco prevention efforts over the past two decades. More than 20 years have passed since Oregonians voted to pass Measure 44, a ballot measure that increased the price of tobacco and dedicated a portion of tobacco tax sales revenue to the prevention movement. These public health initiatives, backed by Oregon voters, aim to keep kids and young people from starting to use tobacco, and to help tobacco users quit. Since 1997 per capita cigarette pack sales have declined by more than 55 percent.Lane County Public Health - PreventionLane - Tobacco Team, May 2017

Governor Brown and OHA will commend Cottage Grove and the rest of Lane County for serving as a leader in tobacco prevention for the rest of the state. One of Lane County’s most recent accomplishments is the passage of Tobacco 21, increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

When: Friday, May 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Where: Cottage Grove High School Library, 1375 S. River Rd., Cottage Grove

— Governor Kate Brown
— Lillian Shirley, public health director, Oregon Health Authority
— Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr
— Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a student group committed to youth tobacco use prevention
— Iton Udosenata, Cottage Grove High School principal
— Lisandra Perez Guzman, MD, public health and preventive medicine specialist

Why: Tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon and is responsible for more than 7,000 deaths each year. There’s still work to be done. Governor Brown and OHA will unveil their tobacco prevention priorities moving beyond 2017.


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