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Tobacco Prevention in Lane County

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About Tobacco Prevention

The Tobacco Prevention and Education Program in Lane County Public Health was established in 1997 as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and the passing of Oregon Ballot Measure 44. In 1996, Oregon voters approved the Oregon Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes Act, also known as Measure 44, which raised taxes on cigarettes and dedicated a portion of the revenue to tobacco prevention. In 1998, Attorney Generals from forty-six states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia made a master settle agreement with five of the largest tobacco companies on the marketing, advertising, and promotion of tobacco products.  Currently, funds from the tobacco master settlement agreement are being used to create tobacco retail licensing policies and increasing the tobacco sales age to 21.

Goals of Tobacco Prevention

The Tobacco Prevention & Education Program (TPEP) in Lane County aims to reduce tobacco-related illness and death. TPEP seeks to do this by working with community partners to achieve the following goals:

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

What Works

The following strategies are effective and sustainable tobacco control interventions:

  • Increase the number of smoke and tobacco-free environments
  • Increase the price of tobacco
  • Reduce the Tobacco Industry influence in retail stores
  • Provide support to those addicted to nicotine/tobacco who want to quit

Tobacco News

FDA deeming rules went into effect on August 8th. Checkout the summary of the federal rules on selling tobacco products.  Click here.