Tobacco Prevention and Education
Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death in Oregon. Tillamook County’s tobacco prevention and education program (TPEP) staff works with local and state partners to promote smoke-free environments, prevent youth from starting tobacco use and encouraging tobacco users to quit.
The Tillamook County 2019 Tobacco Fact Sheet provides details on how tobacco affects our community.
Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act
Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) protects nearly all Oregonians from the harms of secondhand smoke. The ICAA creates smoke free public places and places of employment with the intent of protecting the health of employees and the public. Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, including in Oregon.
The ICAA applies to smoking, vaporizing and aerosolizing of inhalants in and around public places and places of employment.
Smoking, vaporizing and aerosolizing of inhalants is also prohibited within 10 feet of all entrances (including stairs), exits (including stairs), and accessibility ramps that lead to and from an entrance or exit, windows that open and air-intake vents.
Some cities and counties in Oregon have enacted stricter local smoke free workplace laws. Employers must comply with all local laws, though OHA enforces the state law only.
Businesses are not required to allow smoking on the premises. At any time, an owner may designate the entire business premises tobacco-free or smoke-free.
For more information, visit the Oregon ICAA website.
To report a violation, call 1-866-621-6107 or visit http://healthoregon.org/morefreshair.
Tillamook County Tobacco-free Properties
To promote the long-term health and safety of Tillamook County employees and the public the use of tobacco products on Tillamook County property and grounds is prohibited as of January 1, 2018. Smoking, vaping, and other tobacco use is prohibited indoors and outdoors on all facilities and grounds. For more information, please refer to the documents below.
Preventing youth tobacco use
On August 9, 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 754 into law. This law raised the required minimum age for a person to legally buy or obtain tobacco products, inhalant delivery systems, and tobacco product devices, from 18 to 21.
To ensure compliance with the law, businesses that sell tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems must post signs prohibiting sales of these products to persons under the age of 21.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about this law for more information.
Violations of this law may be reported here: Tobacco.Inspections@state.or.us or 971-673-0984.
Tobacco product marketing
Tillamook County Community Health Centers/Public Health Department and Oregon Health Authority teamed up to provide insight into how the tobacco industry is marketing its products to our youth and community. Understanding how and where tobacco products are being advertised is important for two reasons:
- the more young people are exposed to tobacco advertising and promotional activities, the more likely they are to smoke and
- exposure to tobacco ads has been linked to impulse tobacco buys among adults who are trying to quit and to relapse among people who have quit
To learn more about the retail assessment results and the ways you can make a difference in your family and community, read Tillamook County’s full report.
Get help quitting tobacco
The Oregon Tobacco Quitline
The Quit Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Quit Line is a telephone and web-based counseling service to help Oregonians quit using tobacco and nicotine products.
When you call or visit the Quit Line online, you will be asked to register for the program. Once you are registered, staff will explain what Quit Line counseling benefits are available to you and ask if you would like to start counseling now, or schedule a counseling call at a time that is convenient for you.
Once you sign up with the Quit Line, you can:
Talk or chat online with an expert Quit Coach who knows what you are going through and will help you make a Quit Plan that will work for you.
Get more help from your Quit Guide — we’ll send you materials chosen just for you or you can access our library online.
Ask for support — tell your family and friends about your Quit Plan or join our message boards online and connect with others quitting tobacco.
Receive 2 weeks of nicotine patches and/or gum to help you get started with your quit (if eligible).
If you ever need more help, call us again for free.
Contact the Quit Line today at 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669) or online at www.quitnow.net/oregon.
Spanish Quit Line: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92)