Community members are invited to an online chat scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 to learn, ask questions and participate in a discussion about local and national efforts to help protect the youth and residents of Lincoln County against the harmful effects of smoking.
During the 2021 legislative session, an Oregon tobacco retail license requirement was passed, promulgated and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
“As of 2021, tobacco-related illnesses are still the number one preventable cause of death in Oregon, more than the next six combined,” said Jami Dunphy, representative of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “If we are to reduce the deadly impact of tobacco on our community, we must work on local solutions that will save the lives of our neighbors and prevent a new generation of smokers from starting.
Lincoln County works to prevent tobacco use, protect people from second-hand smoke, help people quit smoking, and empower the tobacco industry. Local efforts in 2021 focus on building a tobacco prevention coalition, developing policy to reduce tobacco retail density, and impose restrictions on the presence of tobacco retailers. near public schools, an effective strategy to prevent young people from accessing tobacco and nicotine.