Fear Of Coronavirus Propels Some Smokers To Quit

In 40 years of smoking, Katie Kennedy has tried four times to quit but always went back to cigarettes. Today, she is summoning a new mental image when a craving comes on: rows of COVID-19 patients hooked to ventilators.

Oregon Set to Raise Age of Tobacco Sales To 21

In a ninth-inning victory for public health advocates, the Tobacco 21 bill resurfaced in the Oregon House, raising the age for the sale of cigarettes, but not the age of possession. The tobacco lobby hired former Sen. Margaret Carter to derail the bill.

The Oregon House of Representatives broke a legislative logjam and passed Senate Bill 754, which raises the legal age for the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, on a 39-20 vote.

Democrats Object to Allowing Police to Stop Young Motorists for Smoking

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, spiked a vote on her bill that raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 after a cadre of Democrats objected to a clause that would allow police to pull over young motorists if they thought they were smoking. Black motorists are already pulled over 30 percent more often than white motorists, raising racial justice concerns.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, told The Lund Report that he supports raising the tobacco age to 21, but he objected to a clause in the bill that would allow police officers to stop a vehicle simply because they thought an underage person was smoking.

Military Department Backs Age 21 For Tobacco As Chance of Passage Slips

Representatives of the Oregon National Guard support changing the culture of the military and putting tobacco out of reach for younger guard members, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a committee vote on SB 754 on Thursday. Sen. Peter Courtney’s longstanding reliance on tobacco cash for political campaigns casts doubts on the Democrats’ commitment to the legislation.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, canceled a vote on Senate Bill 754, which would raise Oregon’s legal age for tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21, telling The Lund Report the bill would return to the agenda “when she had 16 votes.”

Wyden Highlights GAO Report Showing E-Cigarettes Do Not Lower Smoking Rates‏

While E-Cigarette Use Spikes Among Teens and Others, Conventional Smoking Rates Appear Unaffected

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today highlighted findings from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) reportshowing the rising use of electronic cigarettes has not lowered the rate of conventional smoking, as measured by federal excise tax revenue.

Oregon Putting All Its Declining Tobacco Settlement Funds into Health Expenses

The state is still putting less than 10 percent of the money toward tobacco prevention that it receives from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds after they agreed to settle a 1998 lawsuit to avoid a court ruling. The state received just $158 million from the tobacco companies, down almost 25 percent from a $208 million payout in 2011.

For the first time, Oregon will use all of its $158 million biennial tobacco master settlement for healthcare-related expenses, and not divert the money to pay for other projects.

Although Smoking Has Declined, Its Consequences Continue, Study Finds

According to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, almost half of the 346,000 deaths from 12 different types of cancers in individuals 35 years of age or older in 2011 were attributable to smoking cigarettes.

Smoking has long been associated with increased risks of cancer, but a research team has now estimated the number of deaths from a wide variety of cancers that are linked to cigarette use.

State Employees Getting Healthier

Behavioral Risk Factor survey shows a decline in obesity, smoking.

State employees who receive benefits through the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) are getting healthier. They are making wiser food choices, losing weight, and quitting the smoking habit.


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