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Protecting Children and Youth

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. 

Many of the wins shared on this site are designed to protect children and youth, from limiting tobacco marketing to creating tobacco-free spaces. Below are a few more especially for young people.

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: