Oregon Legislators Want to Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids

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Secondhand smoke in cars is 27 percent more concentrated than in smoker’s homes, according to the California EPA

February 21, 2013 -- Republican Rep. Jim Thompson of Dallas said that enacting a ban on smoking in cars with children isn’t about restricting personal choice. It’s about shielding those who don’t have a choice to be around secondhand smoke.

Tomei Wants Tobacco Money Spent on Prevention

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The state has received $1 billion from the tobacco master settlement agreement, but thus far that money has not gone to tobacco prevention

February 20, 2013 -- In a landmark lawsuit brought by state attorneys general in 1998, the major tobacco companies settled with the states for $206 billion to compensate them for decades of false advertising while selling a product that causes cancer and has greatly increased public health costs,

Advocates Want Legislature to Spend Tobacco Agreement Funds on Prevention

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They’re also enlisting the support of coordinated care organizations to help them sway legislators next year

October 11, 2012 -- Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in Oregon and comes with an expensive bill. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, signed by Oregon and 45 other states in 1998, was supposed to help the state recover some of the states’ tobacco-related healthcare costs. According to the Oregon Partners for Tobacco Prevention, formerly known as the Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon, the state has yet to use the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds as they were intended, something they hope will change when the legislature convenes next February.

Governor Kitzhaber Signs Executive Order for Tobacco-free State Properties

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Executive order will create a single, statewide policy requiring state properties to be tobacco-free

August 4, 2012 -- Governor Kitzhaber signed an Executive Order that will establish most state-owned buildings and properties as tobacco-free while creating a single, statewide policy to transition state properties to tobacco-free status by 2014.

“Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Oregon. The human and financial costs are simply too high,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “By promoting a healthy environment for state employees, clients and visitors, we can create an environment that reduces tobacco use and protects health.”

Legislation Intends to Keep Tobacco Away from Minors

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The bill would allow Oregon State Police to hire reserve retired police officers and enforce stare laws banning the sale of tobacco to anyone under age 18

February 24, 2012 -- It’s against the law in Oregon to sell tobacco products to minors, a law that hasn’t been enforced since 2009. House Bill 4172, sponsored by the House Rules Committee and championed by Reps. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie) and Andy Olson (R-Albany), aims to change that.

The legislation would create the State Police Tobacco Law Enforcement Fund, separate from the general fund, that the Oregon State Police would use to hire active reserve retired state police officers to keep tobacco products out of the hands of minors.

Oregon Tobacco Quit Line Offers More Online Coaching

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Smokers who use Quit Line report better chances of breaking the habit

November 16, 2011 --Almost 70 percent of Oregon tobacco users want to quit, and those who use the free Oregon Tobacco Quit Line have a better chance of breaking their addiction for good. New online coaching services, in addition to phone coaching, make the Quit Line more convenient and accessible than ever.


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