Whether or not you have children of your own, we all have a stake in protecting young people in Oregon from the tobacco industry. Together we can help children and youth avoid a lifetime of addiction.
Hooray for Tobacco 21!
In August 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 754, raising the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. The law took effect Jan. 1, 2018. Early reports showed that fewer youth and young adults started smoking after the law took effect, and that they thought tobacco and vaping products were less easy to get. In 2019, the FDA followed Oregon’s lead and raised the federal minimum age to purchase all tobacco products from 18 to 21.
What you can do
The retail environment — especially convenience stores — is where the tobacco industry markets most heavily to kids. To push back, many counties in Oregon are considering a tobacco retail license for stores that want to sell tobacco. If you want to help protect our children and youth from tobacco, here are some things you can do:
- Support efforts to help limit marketing in the retail environment in your community.
- Support retailers who choose not to sell tobacco.
- Support efforts to raise tobacco prices.
- Support tobacco-free schools, colleges and universities; tobacco-free parks and events; and other policies that protect the places where youth gather.
- Contact your county’s Tobacco Prevention and Education Coordinator to learn how to do these things in your community.
- Sign up for Smokefree Oregon’s email list to receive action alerts for your county.