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Tobacco Prevention in Lane County

Burden of Tobacco on Lane County

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.  Each year in Lane County, tobacco use kills over 700 people.  That means about 1 in 4 deaths is caused by tobacco use.  It claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes, suicide, AIDS, and murders combined.

There are 49,900 adults in Lane County who smoke cigarettes regularly.  That means nearly 1 in 5 county residents smoke.  That’s enough people to fill Autzen Stadium.

There are 13,800 people in the county who suffer from a serious illness caused by tobacco.  That is nearly as many as the combined populations of the Cities of Cottage Grove and Creswell.

Even if you don’t smoke, tobacco costs you dearly.  Lane County residents pay over $250 million every year in direct medical expenditures and lost productivity due to premature death from tobacco use.  That equals $1,700 per household.

Cost of Tobacco

The average Oregonian who smokes spends $1,825 every year on cigarettes.  That’s $150 every month.

Businesses spend an extra $5,600 every year for each employee who smokes.

 Youth Initiation

Nearly 90% of current smokers started before age 18, and 1 out of 3 will die early as a result.  The younger kids are when they try tobacco, the more likely they are to get addicted.  Most teens think they will quit, but 3 out of 4 teens won’t quit and will suffer a lifelong addiction to tobacco.

Cigarette companies look to young people as replacement smokers.  More than $1 million an hour is spent to market tobacco products in the U.S.

Health Consequences of Tobacco Use

Among lifelong smokers, 1 out of 2 will die from a smoking-related disease.  Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, causing many diseases and affecting the overall health of people who smoke.  Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.

Tobacco use causes cancers, heart diseases, lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction, and reproductive effects (premature birth, low birthweight, stillbirth, and infant death).

For more information, visit:

National Cancer Institute: Harms of Smoking and Health Benefits of Quitting

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program

The goal of the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) is to reduce tobacco-related illness and death.  TPEP is a comprehensive program addressing the issues of tobacco use.

TPEP seeks to make Lane County safer and healthier by working with partners and stakeholders in the community to achieve the following goals:

  1. Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
  2. Prevent youth from initiating tobacco use.
  3. Identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities in all populations.
  4. Provide help to everyone who wants to quit smoking or using tobacco.