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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.