size is topic at school board 100114
Curry County Reporter - October 9, 2014
These policies ranged from clarifications regarding compliance with
public meeting laws to the qualification that the school is a tobacco
free environment (this ...
gang task force changes name to Community Peace ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - October 1, 2014
The new initiative will create more smoke-free areas, increase the breastfeeding
rate among African American moms and make healthy food more accessible
Smoke-Free Hemp Festival
CounterPunch - October 1, 2014
This weekend, Riverfront Park is the sole place in town you cant light
up a joint a joke that made the rounds. The Tenth Annual Portland Hempstalk
was held last weekend at Portlands Tom McCall Riverfront Park, the site
of many large festivals.
gone awry: beach smoking ban off target
Newport News Times - September 25, 2014
The Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation is considering a ban on
smoking at the beach, an idea that could only be palatable to enthusiasts
of poor ...
of marijuana: Administrator shares federal rules on campus
The Pacific Index - September 25, 2014
Smoke-free will include cigarettes, e-cigarettes and marijuana smoking.
The city of Forest Grove has also passed a law saying that parks, city-owned
Hempstalk Festival Moves to Tom McCall Waterfront Park ...
Salem-News.Com - September 25, 2014
This year's festival is not intended as a "smoke out" and
will be a non-smoking event. We want our focus to remain, as always,
on freedom of speech to address ...
Views: Time to pull the plug on Cover Oregon
Coos Bay World - September 24, 2014
It's considering a ban on smoking along the shore. ... Just how far
should society go in banning something that's not good for you? ...
If it is, why aren't fires banned everywhere on the beach? ... We haven't
heard a proposal to ban food.
ban smoking on the beach
Statesman Journal - September 17, 2014
It's considering a ban on smoking along the shore. ... Just how far
should society go in banning something that's not good for you? ...
If it is, why aren't fires banned everywhere on the beach? ... We haven't
heard a proposal to ban food.
adds e-cigs to banned items
Portland Tribune - September 16, 2014
Commissioners heard from Jeff Borquist of Emerald Vapors in Eugene,
who worried that the prohibition on county property would be one step
closer to a full ban ...
Invite e-cigarettes to the beach: Editorial Agenda 2014
The Oregonian - September 16, 2014
Rather than adopting outdoor "smoking" bans that clumsily
include both traditional and e-cigarettes, as Forest Grove and other
cities have done, policymakers should allow both and actively encourage
the latter as a more environmentally friendly alternative
in D.C.; a smoking ban on Oregon's beaches: Opinion roundup
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - September 16, 2014
Hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, these from California's medical market,
are expected to become prevalent in the recreational markets of states
legalizing the ...
Considers Sidewalk Smoking Ban
myCentralOregon.com - September 15, 2014
SALEM, OR - The City of Salem is considering banning smoking on some
public ... Peterson's proposal would allow businesses to request smoking
bans near ..
lawmakers start thinking about 2015
Statesman Journal - September 14, 2014
E-Cigarettes: Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, tried and failed to pass a
bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors during the 2014 session.
It looks like the topic ...
Ore. Proposes Smoke-Free Sidewalks Next to Some ...
halfwheel.com - September 14, 2014
Mayor Anna Peterson of Salem, Ore. is pushing for a new law that would
allow businesses to designate the sidewalks surrounding their property
to be smoke free.
City Council considers banning smoking on some public ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - September 14, 2014
The City of Salem is considering banning smoking on some public sidewalks,
including the walkways next to Salem Hospital and Willamette University.
still allowed in Banks city parks after councilors decide a ban is too
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - September 12, 2014
Correction: The story was updated to reflect that the survey was instituted
after a visit by, but not at the request of, the Washington County Tobacco
Prevention and Education Program.... In the survey, 66 people said enjoying
a "tobacco-free and/or smoke-free park" was very or somewhat
important, while 21 said it was not important at all.
smoking on beaches is anti-freedom
Statesman Journal - September 8, 2014
...5 article on banning smoking on Oregon's beaches, I am fervently
hoping that the taxpayers of Oregon are planning to dig deep for the
necessary police to guard .
Continues Debate Over Smoking Ban
myCentralOregon.com - September 8, 2014
SALEM, OR Oregon's state parks agency is closer to deciding to ban smoking
along ocean beaches. After four hearings on the issue over the summer,
a very ...
split on beach smoking ban
Herald and News - September 6, 2014
Once we begin banning smoking on the beach, what will we ban next? Theresa
Roberts of Tillamook County wrote in a comment to the department. Will
support for smoking ban on coastal beaches
Statesman Journal - September 5, 2014
Oregonians favor a rule that would ban smoking on Oregon Coast beaches,
but only by a razor thin margin, according to public comments collected
by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
public hearing held on Oregon beach smoking ban
KOIN.com - August 28, 2014
(KOIN 6) The last of four public hearings on a proposed smoking ban
for ... The state says the smoking ban on all 362 miles of the Oregon
coastline was ...
Says It Is Time To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Live Trading News - August 25, 2014
Allowing retail sales of RM will make it easier for young people to
obtain it, as Measure 91 has a provision allowing Oregonians to grow
their own. It is true that legalization will increase the number of
people driving under the influence of the drug, problematic given the
absence of a simple and reliable test for intoxication. Nevertheless
Oregonians should support legalization.
time to legalize recreational marijuana: Editorial endorsement
The Oregonian - August 23, 2014
Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational
marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created
a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone
with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician.
We're not suggesting that marijuana has no palliative value to those
with genuine medical problems. But let's be honest: Recreational marijuana
is all but legal in Oregon now and has been for years.
like smoking bans at state parks? Do something about it
Statesman Journal - August 22, 2014
Many have complained about the ban of smoking at state parks. ... In
February, the commission banned smoking at most outdoor areas at state
parks including ..
Cancer Society dings Oregon for tobacco and anti-cancer ...
Portland Business Journal (blog) - August 22, 2014
Oregon received kudos for its smoke-free laws, its palliative care policies,
and its increased access to Medicaid. But the state received knocks
for failing to more ...
may ban smoking along 363-mile coastline
Columbus Dispatch - August 21, 2014
A similar ban on smoking in all state parks was approved earlier this
year, with several loopholes added at the urging of the public. It's
still OK, for example, ...
ban would undermine Oregonians' relationship with the ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com - August 21, 2014
29 is the deadline for citizens to comment on the Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department's proposed rule to restrict smoking of tobacco products on
holds first public hearing on proposed coastal smoking ban
Chicago Tribune - August 20, 2014
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon parks officials will hold an initial
public hearing on Wednesday night into a plan to would make the state
the first to ban ...
Parks Department holding 4 public hearings on Oregon beach ...
Daily Journal - August 20, 2014
State Parks Department holding 4 public hearings on Oregon beach smoking
ban ... over the next week on the proposal to restrict smoking on ocean
THE STATE BAN SMOKING ON THE BEACH?
Lincoln City News Guard - August 20, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will take public comments
and will review proposed rules to restrict smoking of tobacco products
on the ocean ...
Statesman Journal - July 30, 2014
They include banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places where
smoking is prohibited; restricting how they can be marketed to young
people; imposing a ...
Public Hearings to be Held on Oregon Beach Smoking Ban
Salem-News.Com - July 30, 2014
(SALEM, Ore. ) - Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco
products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public
comment through ...
Washington Times - July 29, 2014
In light of the Oregon Legislature's disappointing failure to approve
even moderate restrictions on electronic cigarettes in this year's session,
local governments, ...
smoking on the beach?
Daily Astorian - July 28, 2014
SEASIDE A proposed rule to restrict smoking of tobacco products
on Oregon beaches is open for public comment at a public hearing at
7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the ...
smoking on the beach? ($$)
Daily Astorian - July 28, 2014
SEASIDE A proposed rule to restrict smoking of tobacco products on Oregon
beaches is open for public comment at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug.
20 at the ...
Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches
KUOW News and Information - July 28, 2014
Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all
of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public
input on the proposal.
joins cities across state in health campaign
Daily Astorian - Jul 27, 2014
A good example of the city's commitment to health being manifested,
he said, is the proposal to ban smoking at the library, which was requested
by Library ...
Response: Ifs and butts on smoking ban at beaches
Statesman Journal - Jul 26, 2014
I still disagree with banning smoking outdoors, believing it's more
politically ... nicotine delivery systems should be banned from public
beaches and parks.
B. Leman, M.D.
Corvallis Gazette Times - Jul 26, 2014
Craig Billings Leman, 91, of Corvallis died of heart failure on July
13, 2014, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his
family. With others, he was a driving force behind Benton County's landmark
smoking bans for public venues.
Proposes Smoking Ban For All 362 Miles Of Its Coastline
The Consumerist-by Mary Beth Quirk - July 25, 2014
Any beachgoers that enjoy puffing away on a cigarette while they sit
on the sand or frolic in the surf may have to get their nicotine fix
elsewhere, as Oregon has ...
Eugene Register-Guard - July 24, 2014
In light of the Oregon Legislatures disappointing failure to
approve even moderate restrictions on electronic cigarettes in this
years session, local governments, including Lane County, should
fill the regulatory void with bans on the sale and marketing
considers e-cigarette rules
Blue Mountain Eagle - July 24, 2014
Lane County commissioners on Tuesday pondered possible county regulations
for electronic cigarettes, and weighed whether to require tobacco retail
outlets in ...
considers e-cigarette rules
Daily Astorian - July 23, 2014
"They have nothing to do with cessation of smoking (as manufacturers
and many ... The state Legislature considered a statewide ban on such
sales this year, but it ... banning the use of e-cigarettes in public
places where smoking is prohibited; ...
staff to install signs to promote smoking and tobacco use ban ...
The Oregonian - July 16, 2014
... staffers will also hand out cards to educate residents about the
ordinance, as part of the city's efforts to promote a smokefree and
banned at Seaside Library
Daily Astorian - July 15, 2014
The Seaside City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night banning
smoking anywhere on the library grounds, including inside cars in the
longtime surgeon, Craig Leman, dead at 91
Corvallis Gazette Times - July 15, 2014
... CEO Andrew Perry, but he was also exceptionally active in
the community and one of the instrumental drivers behind our community
ban on public smoking..
Hovde: Marijuana goes Main Street
The Oregonian - Jul 12, 2014
The crowd waiting outside Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, one of
Washington's first legal ... Smoking in public would be prohibited,
as it is in Washington.
finalizes ban on e-cigs in parks
Hillsboro Tribune - July 11, 2014
In a final vote July 1, the Hillsboro City Council moved to ratify
a ban on electronic ... While I agree the vapor mechanisms help some
people to stop smoking, I have ... "What this means is, e-cigarettes
are banned in all parks and Parks ...
shuffles spaces to bring in non-smoking bar ($$)
East Oregonian (subscription) - July 8, 2014
The next renovation at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino will play out
a little like a construction version of musical chairs. The Board of
Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
at its last meeting approved spending $1 million to enhance the resort
by adding a non-smoking lounge and bar to the Wildhorse complex.
council: No e-cigs, but higher library fees
Albany Democrat Herald - July 7, 2014
BROWNSVILLE Fees for utilities and non-resident library cards are going
up and electronic cigarettes are now specifically prohibited in public
buildings following action June 24 by the Brownsville City Council.
banned in parks; thousands attend 4th of July parade ...
The Oregonian - July 6, 2014
The Hillsboro City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening on the second and
final reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on
park property ...
City Council finalizes ban on e-cigarettes in parks
The Oregonian - July 2, 2014
Electronic cigarettes are now officially banned in Hillsboro parks.
The Hillsboro City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening on the second and
final reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on
park property which includes the home of the Hillsboro Hops, Ron Tonkin
of Coos Bay to discuss library smoking ban, pot dispensary moratorium
Coos Bay World - July 1, 2014
The council will hear from the public about a potential smoking ban
around the Coos ... new information from staff on the medical marijuana
dispensary moratorium. While not directly related to the recent banning
of smoking on the downtown ...
ban is all smoke
Coos Bay World - July 1, 2014
I see that our mayor and city council enjoy making rules and regulations
without any input from the citizens. I'm referring to your front page
announcement that ...
council may look into marijuana tax options
Mail Tribune - June 27, 2014
With a trend toward more-relaxed pot laws and the potential for marijuana
legalization in Oregon the Medford City Council is starting to look
at whether to tax marijuana. If approved by Oregon voters, New Approach's
initiative would allow persons 21 and older to possess up to 8 ounces
of marijuana at home and 1 ounce in public. Smoking in public would
be prohibited, and there would be stiff penalties for selling pot to
considers park tobacco rules
Dalles Chronicle - June 27, 2014
Smoking at the Lewis and Clark Festival Area may soon be banned, but
The Dalles City Council doesnt plan to expend resources to enforce the
woman: 'E-cigarettes killed my dog'
KREM.com (subscription) - June 25, 2014
DALLAS, Ore. -- A Dallas, Oregon woman believes that her E-cigarettes
killed her dog. Diana Glover said one of her two Dachshunds died a horrific
death after the four-year-old dog named Phoebe chewed on a bottle of
the Taste-E-liquid used for E-cigarettes. Glover said the bottle had
fallen off her desk. Seconds after Phoebe got a hold of it, the little
dog started convulsing and bleeding from its nose and mouth. I want
to warn as many people as possible that if theyre not aware of how lethal
this stuff is, that they become aware of it, said Glover.
union wrong on cameras, right on Camels (poll): Editorial ...
The Oregonian - June 24, 2014
Then, last year, the agency's board decided to prohibit smoking which
includes the use of electronic cigarettes on all TriMet property. The
smoking shelters ...
Bay extinguishes boardwalk smoking
Coos Bay World - June 24, 2014
The council unanimously adopted an ordinance stating that no person
shall smoke ... 428, which has been prohibiting smoking in and around
on e-cigs sparks burning debate
Hillsboro Tribune - June 22, 2014
When is a cigarette not really a cigarette? With the growth in electronic
cigarette (e-cigarette) use continuing, members of the Hillsboro City
Council have weighed in and they are coming down on the side of classifying
e-cigarettes as tobacco products. With a 5-1 vote Tuesday evening Fred
Nachtigal was the sole no vote council members took the initial step
in making sure e-cigarettes are included in existing no smoking bans
that apply in the citys parks and recreational facilities.
elementary principal resigns after dispute with marijuana ...
The Oregonian - June 22, 2014
The Hillsboro City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance
that would prohibit electronic cigarettes in city parks on Tuesday evening,
but the meeting ...
meeting calendar from June 22
Dalles Chronicle - June 22, 2014
... accepting deed of public right of way from Monty Mathie; discussion
of proposal for tobacco free policy at Lewis and Clark Festival Park;
executive session to ...
leaders want to ban E-cigarettes from city parks
KPTV.com - June 19, 2014
... OF WHETHER OR NOT E-CIGARETTES SHOULD EVEN BE ALLOWED THERE. E SPSPCI
NOW THE COUNCIL WANTS TO EXPAND THAT BE ANDTHE TO ...
banned within 25 feet of Coos Bay boardwalk
KCBY.com 11 - June 18, 2014
OOS BAY, Ore. - The Coos Bay City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance
Tuesday stating that no person shall smoke upon or within 25 feet of
the City's wooden boardwalk. This is an amendment to Ordinance No. 428,
which prohibits smoking in and around Mingus Park.
Bend survey focuses on health issues
Wallowa County Cheiftain - June 18, 2014
It asks if smoking were banned in downtown shopping or dining areas,
whether you would visit more or less often or about the same, and whether
recipients would support banning the use of e-cigarettes indoors.
of Hillsboro approves ban on e-cigarettes in parks [VIDEO]
KATU - June 17, 2014
City councilors approved an e-cigarette ban in city parks Tuesday night,
5-1. The new rule could go into effect with a second vote in two weeks.
The council must vote twice per city charter rules. Regular cigarettes
are already banned.
giant to release its own e-cig in Portland
Portland Tribune - June 17, 2014
In another sign of the emergence of electronic cigarettes here, tobacco
giant R.J. Reynolds American will release its Vuse e cig in Portland
retail outlets, starting June 23.
City Council to consider banning e-cigarettes, raising utility ...
The Oregonian - June 16, 2014
The Hillsboro City Council will consider banning e-cigarettes on Tuesday
night. ... Forest Grove went so far as to ban e-cigarettes on all city-owned
property and ...
bans smoking in Reedsport area parks
Coos Bay World - June 11, 2014
Beginning in July, lighting up in, or near, city parks will be a violation.
The city council, on June 2, adopted an ordinance making it unlawful
to smoke in the parks, or within 10 feet of parks.
Grove City Council approves smoking and tobacco ban on ...
The Oregonian - June 10, 2014
The Forest Grove City Council on Monday unanimously approved a ban on
smoking and tobacco use in public parks, on city-owned and leased properties,
spots' remain despite University of Oregon's adoption of tobacco ...
Oregon Daily Emerald - June 8, 2014
Groups of students and staff are constantly finding new places to smoke,
yet the ... a plan to inform campus of the perimeters of the ban and
to increase its enforcement. ... and the country have begun looking
at and implementing tobacco bans.
first 'vape' store opens, draws fire
Wallowa County Cheiftain - June 8, 2014
The first ever-Central Oregon "vape" shop, a lounge for people
to buy and smoke e-cigarettes, opened its doors Friday in Bend, and
already has a critic who ...
Jeff Merkley takes aim at e-cigarettes
KATU - June 6, 2014
"What the cigarette companies know is that adults don't start using
tobacco. ... "They wouldn't have all of these fruity tootie flavors
-- gummy bears and thin mints ...
Portland students present smoking ban proposal to ...
The Oregonian-by Andrew Theen - June 6, 2014
The students circulated two petitions to garner support for the smoking
ban, and ... Francisco, San Jose and other large U.S. cities have similar
Subject to same Rules as Regular Cigs on SOU Campus
KAJO - June 2, 2014
Southern Oregon University is banning the use of electronic cigarettes
in all campus ... went completely smoke-free in 2012, and e-cigarettes
are included in the ban. Oregon State and Eastern Oregon University
also have campus-wide bans ...
Council alters smoking ban; 2014-2015 budget set for approval ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - May 30, 2014
The Council voted Tuesday night to include a provision to a smoking
and tobacco ban on public parks and city-sponsored events that covers
all city property, but ...
ban surveys, a city Facebook page and the death of a ...
The Oregonian-by Samantha Swindler - May 29, 2014
Councilors are considering a smoking ban for public parks. ... A survey
about banning smoking in public parks will soon be stuffed inside utility
bills from the ... "I think total smoking bans, they're using a
health hazard as an excuse to regulate a ..
spark UCC smoking policy reform
The Mainstream Online - May 14, 2014
The College Council will be updating the campus smoking policy to include
e-cigarettes. Inconsistencies within the tobacco free campus administrative
Grove City Council adds city properties but excludes sidewalks from
smoking and tobacco ban
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - May 28, 2014
The Forest Grove City Council voted Tuesday to expand the scope of a
proposed ban on smoking and tobacco use in public parks and city-sponsored
events to include city property. The Council's change covers all city
property, such as parking lots, but excludes streets and sidewalks,
both of which became points of concern for the city's attorney and department
directors. Banned products include "cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco,
plant products, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and electronic smoking
devices, known as e-cigarettes," according to a staff report.
Forest Grove's proposed ban on e-cigarettes go too far ...
The Oregonian - May 27, 2014
A proposed ban on smoking in city parks is headed to the Forest Grove
City Council ... for banning cigarettes and the like rests on the danger
of second-hand smoke, which ... If "vapors" can be banned
in public spaces. ... To limit alcohol supply, modern prohibitionists
call for high excise taxes, bans in public venues such as ...
crusade against open-air 'vaping'
The Oregonian - May 24, 2014
Electronic cigarettes have created a square peg/round hole problem for
local governments determined to prohibit tobacco use in as many public
spaces as possible including those in the open air. The most sensible
and fair-minded way to resolve this conflict is to lay the square peg
aside until more is known about the effects of "vaping" on
those in close proximity to the, er, "vaper." If such effects
are minuscule or nonexistent, which they're almost certain to be in
open-air spaces, officials should leave well enough alone
County Health & Human Services is recruiting for a Sr. Community
Opens June 7th and closes June 23rd @ 5:00 pm PST
from 2014-2015 budget; smoking ban revision ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - May 21, 2014
Bob Zahrowski (from left), Andy Duyck and Bob Terry await re-election
Tuesday during a gathering at Commissioner Bob Terry' € s
home outside Gaston.
and tobacco ban in Forest Grove to narrow focus on public ...
The Oregonian - May 21, 2014
The ordinance will focus on curbing smoking in public parks and during
... It bans "cigarettes, cigars, pipes, grass, plant, plant products,
liquid, vapor, electronic ...
graders write letters, start petition to ban smoking in public ...
The Oregonian - May 21, 2014
Seventh graders write letters, start petition to ban smoking in public
parks: ... turning a class project into a formal push for a citywide
smoking pan in public parks.
Street fee, smoking, salmon, Elliott forest
The Oregonian - May 17, 2014
The old saying that your right to swing your arms ends at the tip of
my nose (often misattributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.) seems quite
relevant to the discussion of smoking in public parks (Letters, May
16). A more substantial matter is how public smoking helps introduce
children to cigarettes. The Oregonian editorial board would be well
served by hearing from public health experts about how we can take comprehensive
action to keep kids from getting hooked.
Water Bureau, smokers, moderates, Krugman, UO assault ...
The Oregonian - May 13, 2014
Where there are smokers, there's fire and ire. Your editorial ("A
smoking ban in the parks? No way," May 10) giving cigarette addicts
license to continue to pollute the air where it should be the freshest
fails the test of good sense the sense of smell. We all have to breathe
there. They don't have to smoke there.
litter ... and so do other people: Editorial Agenda 2014
The Oregonian - May 14, 2014
Because unjustified intolerance deserves a response whenever it surfaces,
we write occasionally about proposed smoking bans in outdoor areas,
where secondhand smoke isn't going to hurt anyone. Inevitably, somebody
points out correctly that a lot of smokers are litterbugs. For this
reason, the thinking goes, smokers don't deserve the privilege of indulging
their habit in some places.
invite outdoor bans by littering: Guest opinion
The Oregonian - May 13, 2014
One reason to ban smoking in outdoor parks, argues guest columnist David
Loftus, is the tendency of smokers to throw their butts on the ground
in the South ...
Street Seats expanding, changing
KOIN.com - May 13, 2014
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is getting much more selective
with its three-year-old Street Seats program, which installs public
seating in the place of on-street parking spaces. Smoking is banned
on all street seats. Some had complained of second-hand smoke being
allowed because they were 10 feet from the business' door.
e-cigarettes are harming Oregon kids in an unexpected way
Portland Business Journal (blog) - May 12, 2014
Turns out those e-cigarettes being sold throughout Portland may not
be all that safe. From January through March, 19 cases have come through
the Oregon Poison Center at Oregon Health & Science University related
to electronic cigarettes. Of those, nine involved children who ingested
an adults cartridge refill. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting.
smoking be banned in all Portland parks?
KOIN.com - May 8, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) A proposal to ban smoking in all Portland
city parks was discussed by a citizen advisory panel this week. The
city already has ...
West' of electronic cigarettes is multi-billion dollar industry
KPTV.com-by Kate Cagle - May 8, 2014
Many long-term smokers tell FOX 12 they are using the new devices to
quit ... rules to regulate the electronic cigarette industry which include
banning the sale to ...
considering smoking ban in more than 200 public parks ...
The Oregonian-by Andrew Theen - May 8, 2014
The city is looking at enacting a potential smoking ban across the city's
209 parks. ... City parks already have existing restrictions on cigarettes
and other ...
Doctors see rise in liquid nicotine poisoning
KPTV.com - May 7, 2014
.. The Poison Control Center at OHSU has received 31 calls related to
the drug, mostly involving children who get a hold of refill vials.
ban on city properties heads to Forest Grove City Council ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - April 24, 2014
Smoking ban on city properties heads to Forest Grove City Council after
public safety ... approved Wednesday morning a recommendation banning
on smoking and ... It bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, grass, plant,
plant products, liquid, vapor, ...
hope to bring on-site housing, purchase Bookstore
The Advocate - April 24, 2014
The running mates want the smoking ban on campus overturned, and say
designated smoking areas is an important goal. Under current rules,
people will drive ...
signal petition at OR 47/Verboort Road; smoking and tobacco ...
The Oregonian - April 17, 2014
Traffic signal petition at OR 47/Verboort Road; smoking and tobacco
ban to City ... A ban on smoking and tobacco use on all city properties
in Forest Grove is ...
college proposes 2014-15 budget of $9.4 million ...
Newport News Times - April 17, 2014
Community college proposes 2014-15 budget of $9.4 million -- College
board also approves new tobacco free policy. ...
on the Street
Eugene Weekly - April 17, 2014
Yeah, because if you think about the secondhand smoke of cigarettes
has been known to cause so many different things like bronchitis, inflammation
of the ...
and tobacco ban on city properties to move to Forest Grove ...
The Oregonian - April 16, 2014
The Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously voted Wednesday
to recommend a ban on smoking and tobacco use on all city properties.
The far-reaching policy covers city-owned and leased property, city-sponsored
events, parks and recreation areas, parking lots, trails and pathways,
open space and natural areas. That would include the Forest Grove Farmers
Market. It bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, grass, plant, plant products,
liquid, vapor, electronic smoking devices and smokeless tobacco, according
to a staff report.
Grove Mayor Peter Truax calls for Highway 47 safety ...
The Oregonian - April 10, 2014
The mayor and city manager touched on several other issues, including
the city's economic development efforts, a proposed smoking ban in city
parks and plans ...
To preserve social
spaces, review team should burn smoke-free ...
The Pioneer Log - April 10, 2014?
Like LC, other campuses take the middle road to preserve spaces for
socializing and stress relief while keeping secondhand smoke contained.
Reed bans ...
to make sense of Clackamas' Sunrise Corridor and e ...
The Oregonian-by Joseph Rose - April 10, 2014
comments. Joseph Rose: Trying to make sense of Clackamas' Sunrise Corridor
and e-cigarettes on TriMet. Clackamas County's Sunrise Corrider: Behind
Doctor warns of the dangers to youth of 'e-cigarettes'
Corvallis Gazette Times - March 28, 2014
There is no scientific data that e-cigarettes are equivalent to nicotine-patches
or gums to wean smokers from nicotine craving. If anything, they are
flooding the ...
Grove City Council goals, Smoking ban support: Forest Grove ...
The Oregonian - March 24, 2014
Adalyn Weaver, 18 months, and Jay-linn Weaver, 3, play in the dirt while
their mother, Mary-Alice Weaver, plants trees at Fernhill Wetlands.
Weaver volunteered ...
council snuffs out smoking in parks
Mail Tribune-by Damian Mann - March 21, 2014
Smoking will be banned from Medford parks and other city facilities,
the City ... Anyone violating the smoking and tobacco ban would be subject
to a fine of up to ... The ordinance bans lighted tobacco products,
lighted tobacco paraphernalia as
will advance e-cigarette bill in 2015
Hillsboro Tribune - March 21, 2014
A bill to regulate electronic cigarette sales to minors
in the same way tobacco products are regulated will have to wait for
the beginning of the next session of ...
and tobacco ban in Forest Grove parks, city-sponsored ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - March 20, 2014
The Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Commission met Thursday night
to discuss a proposed ban on smoking and tobacco use in city-owned buildings,
center could use a boost in faculty
The Pacific Index - March 20, 2014
We have an entire campus in Hillsboro devoted to the health professions,
and the administration has been relentless in attempting to pass a smoking
ban here ...
and tobacco ban hearing; Forest Grove City Council goals ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - March 20, 2014
More than a month after the Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Commission
added a smoking and tobacco ban in public parks to its goals for 2014,
marijuana dispensaries recommendation; Smoking ban ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - March 20, 2014
Cities in western Washington County like Forest Grove and Banks are
considering raising bans on smoking and tobacco use in public parks
and city-sponsored ...
The e-cigarette market is growing like wildfire, leaving health officials
in a haze.
Willamette Week - March 19, 2014
Today, stores such as Division Vapor are the Wild West, an unregulated
marketplace of nonstandard products that appeal strongly to kids yet
whose health risks remain largely unknown. Benton County decided not
to wait for the state to act. On Feb. 18, county commissioners there
voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Multnomah County, which
pushed for legislation in February, will join the interim legislative
work group but has not yet decided whether to act unilaterally ...
University Considers Banning Smoking on All Of Its Campuses
University Herald - March 18, 2014
Pacific University is considering banning smoking on all of its campuses
starting May 2015. The University Council, which includes staff and
faculty, passed a proposed policy on March 13 that would ban smoking
on the school's campus. It is waiting to be reviewed by the President's
Cabinet, Pacific University Director of Media Relations Joe Lang told
The Oregonian. The smoking ban includes, but isn't limited to, use of
pipes, hookahs, cigarettes and "nicotine delivery devices such
as e-cigarettes," according to the policy.
University considers banning smoking on all campuses ...
The Oregonian - March 17, 2014
As the current smoke free workplace policy stands for the Forest Grove
campus, smoking is forbidden within 10 feet of building entrances, widows,
vents and ...
Week's Music Previews
The Portland Mercury (blog) - March 12, 2014
On a more surface level, the thing that I don't understand about e-cigarettes
is the way the industry seems to be coalescing around "vape"
as a verb to describe ...
Legislature approves budget, adjourns
KATU - March 10, 2014
Even an idea that started with widespread support, banning the sale
of electronic cigarettes to minors, fell apart. Lawmakers disagreed
about whether they should also ban the use of so-called e-cigarettes
in public buildings and workplaces.
war on 'vaping' is misguided: Guest opinion
The Oregonian - March 9, 2014
Selling e-cigarettes to minors remains legal in Oregon after two competing
bills recently died in committee. One, sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson,
R-Albany, would have instituted a minimum age of 18 for buying them.
A second, sponsored by Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, sought additionally
to extend the state's ban on smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants
to e-cigarettes. No responsible store owner sells e-cigarettes to teenagers,
and no one opposed the sensible proposal restricting sales to minors.
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually getting nostalgic for
the original smoking ban debate. Advocates exaggerated the dangers of
secondhand smoke, but ...
aims to update its rules to better include new technology
Bend Bulletin - March 7, 2014
In Eugene, the public library is adding a few more to stay current,
such as no e-cigarettes and putting mobile devices on the
list of players whose volume must ...
festival organizers submit permit application for ...
The Oregonian - March 6, 2014
Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park is still in play for organizers
of Hempstalk Festival, the marijuana legalization and advocacy event
celebrating its 10th ...
health bills survived, died or are on life support in the Oregon Legislature?
Portland Business Journal March 5, 2014
. DEAD HB 4115, would have added e-cigarettes to the states
indoor smoking ban. E-cigarettes look similar to regular cigarettes
but use a battery-powered heating element to vaporize a scented liquid
officials issue warning about e-cigarette dangers
Mail Tribune - March 2, 2014
Electronic cigarettes may be safer for the lungs of smokers than the
standard leaf-burning variety, some people believe, but Medford fire
officials want people to know they can still cause fires. E-cigs have
caused minor fires at two Medford homes recently, Medford Fire-Rescue
officials worried about youth, e-cigs
KPIC News - February 28, 2014
"Preliminary testing has shown that e-cigarettes contain chemicals
and toxins that ... "Because there's no regulation, youth can buy
the electronic cigarette and ...
Non-Smoking Coffee Shop in Downtown Portland says goodbye after 30 years
The Oregonian-by Samantha Bakall - February 24, 2014
The milkshake machine whizzes quietly in the background as I take the
two steps up into Leo's Non-Smoking Coffee shop, and back in time.
ban moves forward, Sustainability Commission goals ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - February 20, 2014
The Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Commission voted Wednesday, Feb.
19 to draft an ordinance that bans smoking and tobacco use in public
Bill 4115 stems from e-cigarettes concerns in Oregon
Oregon Daily Emerald - February 20, 2014
Oregon sohpomore Hayden Allen takes a drag off of a Blu e-cig to start
his day. (Dominic Allen/Emerald). Posted by Jennifer Fleck on Thursday,
Feb. 20 at 2:00 ...
Grove Parks and Recreation Commission will draft smoking ...
The Oregonian-by Edwin Rios - February 19, 2014
19 to draft an ordinance that bans smoking and tobacco use in public
parks. ... More than a month after the commission added a smoking ban
to its goals for ... Forest Grove would join 16 other cities in Oregon
that have banned smoking in ...
fired up against smoking
Corvallis Gazette Times - February 18, 2014
Sitting in the audience of a televised forum in Portland in the late
1980s, listening to a vascular surgeon pooh-poohing the devastating
health effects of smoking, Bruce Thomson decided hed had enough....
Legalized marijuana contradicts years of anti-smoking ...
Statesman Journal - February 15, 2014
There is a long list of reasons against legalizing marijuana, and by
now we ... For the past 50 years, there has been a concerted effort
to ban smoking in public....
electronic cigarette bills will not get vote
KATU - February 13, 2014
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A pair of bills that would have banned the sale of
so-called electronic cigarettes to minors won't advance in this legislative
legislation on e-cigarettes winds up in work group
The Oregonian - February 12, 2014
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale
a vapor mix consisting of nicotine, flavor additives and other chemicals.
They do not contain ...
Legislature to consider making e-cigarette sales to minors ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 11, 2014
SALEM, Oregon The Legislature was considering two bills that aim to
keep so-called electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors as they
gain in popularity among Oregon teens.
'vaping' like tobacco
State should ban use of e-cigarettes in public places
The Register-Guard - February 10, 2014
Few Oregonians, at least those of the adult variety, would dispute the
need for state lawmakers to join 27 other states across the country
in barring minors from purchasing electronic cigarettes. But a proposal
to make the devices subject to Oregons indoor smoking ban is a tougher
call. In Oregon, e-cigarettes are not subject to age or usage restrictions
or, for that matter, the tobacco taxes that apply to traditional cigarettes
(taxes are a subject for another day). While all of the people testifying
at a House hearing last Wednesday supported banning the sale of e-cigarettes
to minors, merchants and users of the devices strongly opposed a broader
bill, sponsored by Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, that would also ban
the indoor use of the products in most public places and workplaces.
But the most compelling argument is more subtle, and arises from the
need to protect the integrity of the indoor smoking ban. Each smoke-free
space has been hard-won, but once gained it enjoys strong support from
a public that has come to value a haze-free environment. Allowing vapers
to continue using their devices in public buildings, restaurants and
the like would be a step backward, creating an atmosphere in which not
only vaping is tolerated, but one in which smokers might seek to reassert
their right to puff away in indoor public places. If research some day
shows that secondhand vapor poses no risk, lawmakers could someday remove
or modify a ban. But for now, the Legislature should not only bar minors
from purchasing e-cigarettes, but also ban their use in public spaces.
banned at Oregon state parks
Statesman Journal - February 8, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission voted to ban smoking at ...
a rule banning smoking at most public outdoor spaces including picnic
areas and ...
smoking ban at state parks approved
Statesman Journal - February 6, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission adopted the proposal to ban
smoking in the outdoors at most state parks during its meeting Wednesday.
on Oregon's proposed e-cigarette ban
R Street - February 6, 2014
The smoke exhaled by the smoker contributes relatively little to this
pollution. E-cigarettes have no side-stream smoke
in no-smoking ...
Journal: E-cigarettes Subject Of Two Bills
Statesman Journal - February 6, 2014
Legislators on Wednesday heard testimony regarding two competing bills
restricting the use and sale of e-cigarettes. House Bill 4115 would
prohibit the sale of ...
Lawmakers Study E-Cigarettes
OPB News - February 6, 2014
Facing little opposition, Oregon lawmakers appear set to bar minors
from purchasing electronic cigarettes this session, as 27 other states
already have done.
bills on e-cigarettes competing in House committee
Statesman Journal - February 5, 2014
Electronic cigarette demonstration: Sara Muzechenko explains why she
uses electronic cigarettes and she shows how to use them.
restricts sales, use of e-cigs
Corvallis Gazette Times - February 5, 2014
Among other things, the new language adds electronic cigarettes to the
list of tobacco products that can't be used at work, in restaurants
or other enclosed ...
lawmakers consider banning indoor use of e-cigarettes ...
The Oregonian - February 5, 2014
Also known as "e-cigarettes," most electronic cigarettes do
not burn tobacco. Instead, a lithium battery heats a liquid nicotine
solution, which creates a vapor ...
to OR lawmakers: Ban e-cigs for minors, but don't restrict ...
Town Hall - February 5, 2014
While the American Lung Association and other health groups lobby lawmakers
to hold off on legislation that would ban minors from e-cigarettes,
one doctor on the outskirts of the debate says go ahead just dont restrict
where adults can use them. Joel Nitzkin, a physician who owns a private
consulting firm, will testify before the Oregon House Committee on Human
Services and Housing at 3 p.m. Wednesday in favor of restricting so-called
vapes from minors (he actually recommends upping the age from 18 to
21 to keep them out of high schools), but against legislation that would
ban e-cigs anywhere cigarettes are banned. Nitzkin, who is supported
by the free-market, Washington D.C.-based think tank The R-Street Institute,
told Northwest Watchdog hes worried that banning e-cigarettes will send
the message to smokers that theyre just as bad as cigarettes, possibly
preventing them from switching to a safer alternative.
restrictions topic of public hearing
Corvallis Gazette Times - February 4, 2014
The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing
today to consider changes to the county code that would place further
restrictions on the use and sale of tobacco.
to consider more smoking restrictions
Corvallis Gazette Times - February 3, 2014
The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing
Tuesday to consider changes to the county code that would place further
restrictions on the use and sale of tobacco. It also would outlaw the
sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes
wherever smoking currently is banned. Smoking also would be barred inside
retail tobacco shops.
Journal: What Would Legal Marijuana Mean For State Workers?
OPB News - February 2, 2014
Officials in Oregon seem relatively certain recreational marijuana eventually
will be legal in this state, and probably as early as 2015, if the initiative
headed to the ballot passes in November. That leaves questions for state
employees. The state has strict non-smoking policies for its properties,
and the Public Employees Benefits Board has an infamous fee that applies
to smokers on its health insurance plan.
Oregon lawmakers plan to keep minors from buying e-cigs
KATU - February 3, 2014
A state lawmaker is working to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors
this session. ... years, but told KATU he's adamant about keeping kids
away from smoking.
Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access
Northwest Public Radio - February 3, 2014
Oregon lawmakers will consider a measure in February to restrict minors
from buying e-cigarettes. The idea has broad, bipartisan support.
board bans use of e-cigarettes
KAJO - January 29, 2014
The Grants Pass School District No. 7 Board has voted unanimously to
ban the use of e-cigarettes and any other possible tobacco delivery
device on their campuses and during school sponsored events. The Eugene
School Board recently banned the use of e-cigarettes and the new rule
helped inspire District Seven to adopt a similar policy.
agenda: Medical marijuana, e-cigs and the ZoomCare bill
Portland Business Journal (blog) - January 28, 2014
HB 4115 would add e-cigarettes to the state's indoor smoking ban. E-cigarettes
look like regular cigarettes but use a battery-powered heating element
to vaporize a liquid solution that the smoker inhales.
breathes life into smoking ban
Mail Tribune - January 24, 2014
A smoking ban in Medford parks fired up the City Council Thursday as
it pushed for a local law that would allow police to cite offenders.
Sjothun said 902 communities in the U.S. have passed ordinances against
smoking in parks. Ashland prohibits smoking in all city-managed facilities,
including parking lots. Bend and Roseburg both have ordinances banning
Sjothun said the proposed ordinance in Medford could include electronic
cigarettes, which emit a vapor that has a slight smell compared to cigarettes.
Council Considers Adding Force of Law behind Smoking ...
KAJO - January 24, 2014
The Medford City Council is considering a local law that would allow
police officers to cite individuals smoking in the citys parks.
motorists now face up to $500 fine for smoking with kids in car
Longview Daily News - January 24, 2014
RAINIER Many Oregon smokers seem unaware of a new law that bans ...
she refrains from smoking around children anyway, and she approves of
the ban, ...
Dailybarometer - January 23, 2014
December 2013 brought ban of sale to minors, restricted usage of e-cigarettes
- As electronic cigarettes became more popular, Corvallis took steps
last month to regulate the sale and use of the devices in public places.
As of Dec. 26, 2013, electronic cigarettes cannot be sold to minors,
and they cannot be used in places that do not allow regular tobacco
use. The Corvallis City Council made the regulatory decisions regarding
these devices on recommendations from the Benton County Health Department.
Corvallis is the first city in Oregon to implement such regulations.
Forest Grove ban smoking in public parks? Readers respond (poll)
OregonLive.com - January 22, 2014
Readers who responded to the Forest Grove Leaders unscientific poll
last week were split on whether the city of Forest Grove should ban
smoking in public parks. Commenters on the newspaper's Facebook page,
however, leaned in favor of a ban.
Protect neighbors from pot stink
KVAL - January 21, 2014
The legal right to grow marijuana for medical purposes should not confer
the right to inflict overpowering odors on one's neighbors. And a city
that attempts to protect everyone's interests is doing what a local
government should do.
seeks medical pot moratorium
KOIN.com - January 21, 2014
(KOIN) - In March, Oregon will start accepting applications for fully-licensed
and regulated medical marijuana dispensaries. But many cities say they'll
risk legal ...
Journal: E-cigarettes: It's like the Wild West
OPB News - January 21, 2014
Another major difference is that e-cigarettes are not regulated by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the laws in place regulating
tobacco do not apply to e-cigarettes. This includes TV advertising restrictions,
sales restrictions to minors and use restrictions in public places.
The FDA in fall of 2013 proposed a rule that would expand its oversight
on tobacco products to include e-cigarettes. Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany,
has a draft bill in hand that hes planning to introduce in the February
legislative session. It would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors
a boundary on which industry leaders, users and lawmakers on both sides
of the aisle should be able to easily agree. The Oregon Health Authority
also reported that from 2011 to 2013, the Oregon Poison Center received
31 calls related to unintended exposure or over-exposure to nicotine
from e-cigarettes. ...
RESPONSE: Readers sound off about e-cigarettes
Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal January 18, 2014
The government should regulate e-cigarettes. The tobacco companies have
not introduced this to save the general public from second-hand smoke.
A tobacco company is first, last and always about addiction; addiction
that will guarantee a non-ending stream of profit. Anita Blanchard,
It's like the Wild West
Statesman Journal - January 19, 2014
Electronic cigarette demonstration: Sara Muzechenko explains why she
uses ... the Social Security deficit in 2004 includes a plan to tax
electronic cigarettes. ... The basic varieties look like fancy pens,
and the more creative types look like pipes and cigars. ... Now, he
would never go back to tobacco cigarettes, he says.
park smoking ban comments due Jan. 17
KMTR NewsSource - January 14, 2014
SALEM, Ore. - Smoking would be restricted to cars, tents and RVs, plus
campsites in developed overnight camping areas, under a proposed rule
for Oregon ...
Group from N.Y. might challenge smoking ban in Oregon's ...
Corvallis Gazette Times - January 14, 2014
...As a New Yorker and though having not looked into the state
of Oregon's methods of applying government I would strongly caution
the Oregon Parks and ...
councilors want a pre-emptive ban on recreational ...
OregonLive.com-by Fenit Nirappil - January 14, 2014
...13 work session to draw up an ordinance temporarily banning medical
marijuana dispensaries for the rest of the year, after an earlier tussle
about how to block ...
Parks Dept. seeks to ban smoking in city parks [Video]
KOBI-TV NBC 5 / KOTI-TV NBC 2 - January 10, 2014
Lights out for smoking at the park. At least that's the intent of Medford
Parks and Recreation, who plan on asking councilors to enact an ordinance
banning tobacco use at all 31 parks and community facilities. We wanted
to know what you had to say about it. From agreement: "I don't
think smoking in public places is a good idea," says Michael McRae
person speaks against state park smoking ban
Statesman Journal - January 10, 2014
The proposed rule to ban smoking in outdoor areas at Oregons state parks
has drawn considerable attention among those both in favor and opposed
to the potential regulation. But only one person showed up to register
their opinion on the record during a public hearing Thursday night at
Champoeg State Heritage Area. ...
if you got 'em: State park smoking ban comments due Jan. 17
KVAL - January 9, 2014
SALEM, Ore. - Smoking would be restricted to cars, tents and RVs, plus
campsites in developed overnight camping areas, under a proposed rule
for Oregon ...
may tell smokers to butt out
Mail Tribune - January 9, 2014
The Medford Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending an ordinance
to the City Council that bans smoking in all of its parks. The commission
passed a regulation in November that prohibits smoking and ... and restrictions
on dangerous dog breeds also will be addressed in the session.
state parks consider ban on outdoor smoking
The Spokesman Review (blog) - January 9, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is holding four meetings
this week for the public to comment on plans to ban outdoor smoking
at state parks.
law makes cars smoke-free for kids ($$)
St. Helens Chronicle - January 8, 2014
The law was passed to further protect children from the dangers of secondhand
smoke. Secondhand smoke is classified by the Environmental Protection
parks department holding public hearings for comments on ...
The Tribune - January 8, 2014
SALEM, Oregon The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is
holding four meetings this week for the public to comment on plans to
ban outdoor smoking ...
marijuana festival organizers plan to fight city after being ...
KPTV.com - January 8, 2014
A festival supporting legalizing marijuana for recreational use is
lobbying the city after being denied a permit. According to Portland
Parks and Rec, the ...
ban proposed for state parks, possibly beaches
North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen - January 7, 2014
Oregon Coast residents will have the chance to comment this month in
Newport on a proposal that could ban smoking in some areas of Oregon's
should be e-banned for minors
Herald and News - January 5, 2014
One of the easier questions to come before the Legislature's February
2014 session is whether the state of Oregon should ban the sale of electronic
cigarettes to ...
Smoke 'em if you want in state parks
Corvallis Gazette Times - January 2, 2014
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is considering a rule to
ban smoking in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, waysides
and common areas of state campgrounds.
Oregon Passes a Smoke-Free Car Law, and Now I Want to Move There Even
BlogHer.com - January 1, 2014
But it's their latest law that has me wanting to pack our suitcases
because they just "get it." Starting today, 1 January 2014,
they are banning smoking in cars if there is a child present.
city bars e-cigarette sale to minors
Daily Journal - December 31, 2013
CORVALLIS, Oregon The city of Corvallis has banned sales of electronic
cigarettes to people younger than 18 and applied limits on their use
by adults that match those for tobacco use not in indoor workplaces
or parks, for example.
Legislature should ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Corvallis Gazette Times - December 30, 2013
One of the easier questions to come before the Legislatures February
2014 session is whether the state of Oregon should ban the sale of electronic
cigarettes to minors.
limits sales, use of electronic cigarettes
Corvallis Gazette Times - December 30, 2013
Corvallis has banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under
the age of 18 and also has limited their use to the same venues that
currently allow tobacco ...
beware: Smoking in a car with children present can cost you $500
The Oregonian - December 29, 2013
Although some lawmakers objected to Oregon going too far to police personal
conduct, Rep. Jim Thompson, R-Dallas, said the state is right to protect
chlldren from second-hand smoke in such closed quarters.
Smoking ban in state parks isn't necessary
Albany Democrat Herald - December 28, 2013
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is considering a rule to
ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas, waysides
and common ...
Ban In Oregon Parks Considered
Jefferson Public Radio - December 19, 2013
A rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic areas,
and common areas of campgrounds is under consideration by the Oregon
policy at OSU has moved problem to campus boundaries
Corvallis Gazette Times - December 16, 2013
The Oregon State University campus has been smoke free for a little
more than a year, and the Faculty Senate heard a report Thursday on
the progress of the policy. Overall, the smoke-free project team told
senators, students, faculty and staff are aware of and following the
policy. But there have been tensions, particularly at campus boundaries,
where the high quantity of smoke plus trash and refuse issues have risen
to the surface. Folks are not only getting the trash they are getting
the smoke. Its concentrated on the periphery and that, to me, is unfair.
Sorte suggests that the university look at strategically siting smoking
areas on campus And dont do it on the periphery, he said. Hoogesteger
and her task force are planning to look at enforcement questions and
signage as next subjects to tackle.
could ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors (poll)
OregonLive.com December 4, 2013
That worries lawmakers, who fear such flavors in the growing e-cigarette
... tobacco and, in Oregon, are not subject to age restrictions or cigarette
taxes that ...
turns blind eye to underage smokers
The Clackamas Print - December 4, 2013
It would appear that violating Oregon's statute on possession of tobacco
... If they obviously [look] old enough, I will [give them a cigarette],
said Tucker. ... A store that sells cigarettes to minors is breaking
the law, but Isham said they are not ...
now part of county ban ($$)
East Oregonian (subscription) - November 13, 2013
PENDLETON Advances in smoking technology prompted Umatilla County Board
of Commissioners to adopt a new policy Wednesday that defines smoking
instruments. County attorney Doug Olsen said this was a first.
shop hopes to capitalize on e-cigarette craze
Cottage Grove Sentinel - November 13, 2013
The past five years have brought a dramatic surge in the number of users
of electronic or e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that use a heating
element to ...
smoking with kids in the car be banned?
Daily American Online - November 11, 2013
Proponents of this bill are blowing secondhand nonsense at the public.
According to the Associated Press, supporters of the dont-smoke-while-driving-with-kids
ban in Oregon say minors shouldn't be subjected to health hazards because
of their parents' decision to smoke. The apparent premise is that the
cigarettes pose an immediate danger to the well-being of children. Because
this hazard is virtually impossible to objectively quantify, the argument
essentially boils down to whether parents can legally subject children
to any potential health hazards. And this is where we enter the gray
UO should lift the smoking ban
Oregon Daily Emerald - November 11, 2013
If you have ever biked or walked past the edge of campus, you have undoubtedly
experienced the inevitable waft of smoke that permeates from smokers
on 13th Avenue. This delicious nicotine cloud is now a permanent resident
since the University of Oregons campus-wide smoking ban went into effect
last year. While some have cleverly discovered hidden places on campus
to smoke, most have been exiled to the far regions of campus which are
also the most common entrances to the university. The constant traffic
around these areas ironically creates an environment that the UO was
desperately trying to mitigate with the smoking ban. As utopian as the
idea might seem, I think that the Smoke and Tobacco Free initiative
should be lifted to allow students to smoke on campus.
added to tobacco ban for Eugene's schools
KVAL - November 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. -- With the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes,
the Eugene 4-J School District changed their existing tobacco ban Thursday
to include them.
deserve tolerance, not a ban, in open-air parks: Editorial Agenda 2013
OregonLive.com - November 6, 2013
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, which serves about
230,000 people in and around Beaverton, may soon ban smoking in all
of its outdoor parks and facilities. And why wouldnt it? Smokers havent
inundated the district with expressions of outrage, and those whod like
to snuff public smoking have offered plenty of encouragement. Among
them is the president of Beaverton Together, an anti-substance abuse
coalition, who, in an October letter, called the likely prohibition
both courageous and timely.
Hills Park & Recreation District: Smoking ban gains support ...
The Oregonian - November 4, 2013
Local parks, trails and recreation centers are on the path toward becoming
non-smoking facilities by Feb. 1, 2014. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation
District directors voiced support for a district-wide smoking ban after
hearing three testimonies in favor of the proposal and none against.
stands behind smoking ban on campus
The Pacific Index - October 22, 2013
Student stands behind smoking ban on campus ... Remember, smoking is
banned in all public places in the state of Oregon. Our college campus
is a public ...
starts move to smoke-free
East Oregonian (subscription) - October 15, 2013
Umatilla County aims to have all of its properties smoke-free by April
2014. Janet Jones, coordinator of the county's tobacco prevention and
education program, ...
Lawmakers Look at New E-Cigarette Tax
SBWire (press release) - October 3, 2013
Great River, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/03/2013 -- Oregon Legislature is debating
taxing electronic cigarettes in the state. The State Department of Revenue
lawmakers debate e-cigarette taxes
Ct Post - September 18, 2013
The state Department of Revenue told House and Senate committees on
Tuesday that there are currently no taxes on electronic cigarettes,
battery powered ...
Eyes Tobacco-Free Festival Area
Dalles Chronicle - September 12, 2013
MARY GALE, North Central Public Health Department's anti-tobacco advocate,
appealed to The Dalles City Council this week to discourage all tobacco
use at ...
Hills Park & Recreation District to consider smoking ban
OregonLive.com - September 10, 2013
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District to consider smoking ban
... other agencies that have smoking bans to learn from their experiences.
No. 1 in tobacco sales to kids, and that's not new
OregonLive.com - September 2, 2013
... Oregon retailers once again lead the nation in illegal tobacco sales
to minors. ... six stores before being allowed to illegally buy cigarettes
in Oregon, while in ...
Tech Clean Air Policy Begins Fall Term 2013
Oregon Institute of Technology - August 29, 2013
Oregon Tech will begin to see cleaner air beginning Fall Term 2013 as
the university passed a policy on May 28, 2013 to maintain a tobacco
properties, events to go tobacco-free Sept. 1
OregonLive.com - August 27, 2013
Tobacco use will be banned in Beaverton city cars, as well as city-owned
or leased buildings and city-sponsored events, starting Sept. 1. (Dominique
implementing new smoke-free policy
KPTV.com - August 22, 2013
Beaverton is banning tobacco use on all city-owned property and at city-sponsored
events. The city is adopting its tobacco-free policy starting Sept.
1. Tobacco ...
further restricts tobacco use on properties
Daily Astorian - August 5, 2013
Phase two of Clatsop Countys tobacco-free campus policy is now in effect,
putting county facilities off-limits to smoking and other tobacco use.
And the Clatsop County Fairgrounds is joining the move toward healthy
public spaces with its own tobacco-free rules.
Oregon Laws Change Rules For Tanning Teens, Smoking In ...
OPB News - July 1, 2013
SMOKING: It will also become illegal to smoke in a car with a minor
present. ... Proponents of the measure pointed to the dangers of second-hand
smoke and ...
Rose: TriMet's smoking ban has boundaries
OregonLive.com-by Joseph Rose - June 21, 2013
Yes, smoking is banned on TriMet property and vehicles. ... without
shelters are technically considered public property, so the smoking
ban doesn't apply there.
itching to squeeze smokers
OregonLive.com - June 16, 2013
As the tax-driven price of cigarettes rose in Multnomah County, meanwhile,
the ... that "if the state (tobacco tax) increase happens, the
county bill won't pass.
bans smoking in cars with kids
KUIK - June 12, 2013
Oregon drivers caught smoking in cars with kids may face hefty fines
under a new state law. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law on Tuesday
a bill that prohibits ...
Night Out will be smoke-free
Coos Bay World - June 12, 2013
NORTH BEND This year's National Night Out event in North Bend
will be smoke-free, the North Bend City Council decided Tuesday. After
testimony from ...
Nielsen: Smoking may stink, but it packs a nostalgic punch
OregonLive.com - June 8, 2013
But cigarette smoke still smells delicious. Not to everyone. Not to
most people. But to me, the smell of tobacco smoke brings back memories
of people I love, and times gone by. My dad was a heavy smoker, and
the walls and ceiling of my childhood home were yellowed with smoke
near his favorite chair. He smoked constantly: in the car on the way
to church, at the Denny's where we sometimes ate, in every parking lot,
on Christmas morning. His desk at work held a big glass ashtray filthy
with butts, as did the desks of all the other dads in his office in
the 1970s. My mom hated his habit because it stank up the house and
cost a fortune and ruined his kisses. We all hated it once we understood
the health risks. We bugged him to stop and we hid his cigarettes, but
he'd always find them or buy more. He switched to nicotine gum and patches
at some point, but not soon enough. He died of cancer in 1997 at the
age of 54, a thousand years too soon. So you'd think I would hate the
smell of cigarettes. But I don't. I love the pungent scent of fresh
tobacco, the flash of a new match, even the stew of secondhand smoke.
It smells like my dad, whom I adored. It smells like my grandpa's basement,
full of homemade fishing lures. It smells like my late uncle's card
games, with Johnny Cash on the record player and everyone happy, at
least for the night.
Baker City Herald - June 7, 2013
Well start with the obvious: Smoking inside a car when kids are there
is dumb. Among confined spaces, where secondhand smoke poses a health
risk, few are more confined than a car. Oregon legislators, as the makers
of law are wont to do, believe this is an issue which requires government
intervention. We disagree.
wraps up first smoke-free year
Dailybarometer - June 6, 2013
Oregon State Universitys Office of the President reissued a survey,
calling for student feedback on the initiative to make the campus smoke
free. If someone unfamiliar with the campus, like a parent, comes to
campus, we would prefer for them to know beforehand that the campus
is smoke-free, instead of ...
ban: a year later
Dailybarometer - June 6, 2013
Its been a school year since Oregon State became a smoke-free campus.
Were honestly impressed its worked out we had our doubts about how it
would be enforced and whether people would abide by the honor system
in holding themselves and others accountable for not smoking. This is
not to say the ban is perfect. The smoking ban prohibited cigarettes,
electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes or other devices intended to simulate
smoking from campus, according to Oregon State Universitys smoking policy.
The ban took effect September 2012. Our campus is beautiful. The lack
of smoke and cigarette butts littered across campus has added to our
campus beauty. This is not to say we havent seen people secretly sneaking
a drag by the Valley Library clock tower. ...
House OKs ban on smoking in cars with kids
Herald and News - June 5, 2013
The Oregon Legislature has voted to make it a crime to smoke in a car
The House approved the bill in a 43-15 vote on Monday. It now goes to
Gov. John Kitzhaber, and a spokeswoman says he intends to sign it.
on smoking in cars with kids heads to Oregon governor
DigitalJournal.com - June 5, 2013
Smokers in Oregon will have to think twice before lighting up in their
cars. That's because the state legislature has approved a bill that
would make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids.
bans some smoking: 'They're smoking, and it blows 10 feet ...
KVAL - June 4, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Starting next month Corvallis will crack down on
smoking in public places. The city council voted Monday night to expand
a city smoking ban to include city hall, the downtown bus depot and
all bus shelters and bicycle parking areas.
the smoke-free policy working? Take this quick survey
AroundtheO - June 4, 2013
The Smoke- and Tobacco-free Initiative is conducting a survey of the
UO community to assess the smoke- and tobacco-free policy that took
effect Sept. 1.
Lawmakers Vote To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children Present
OPB News - June 3, 2013
Oregon lawmakers signed off Monday on a measure that makes it illegal
to smoke in a car when there are children present. Drivers could only
be ticketed for the offense if they've already been pulled over for
something else. Supporters include Republican representative Jim Thompson.
He told colleagues that the bill seeks to protect children from an obvious
harm. "Because of secondhand smoke, we've already banned smoking
in restaurants and bars, public buildings, trains, planes, buses, taxis,
many parks. And the list goes on, including the chamber that we're now
sitting in. It is, however, legal to strap your kids in the back seat
of your car and smoke them like bacon." ...
'National Night Out' go smoke free?
KCBY.com 11 - May 29, 2013
Public health officials are asking the City of North Bend to make a
popular community event smoke free from here on out. Coos County Public
Health asked the North Bend City Council on Tuesday night, to make National
Night Out a smoke free event.
has become a tobacco free zone
Daily Astorian-May 21, 2013
The Clatsop County Fairgrounds has formally become a tobacco free, no
smoking facility. Following the lead of the all the other county facilities,
the Fair Board ...
wants to hear from more residents about proposed tobacco ban
Baker City Herald - May 15, 2013
You can smoke em if youve got em at least for a while longer in city
parks. Baker City Councilors on Tuesday decided they want to hear more
residents opinions before taking any action to curtail smoking, and
possibly use of all tobacco products, in city parks and recreation areas.
Says Multnomah County Could Levy 50 Cigarette Tax
The Lund Report - April 30, 2013
If the Legislature passes HB 2870 giving cigarette taxing authority
to counties, ... own cigarette taxes, though they do share in revenues
from state tobacco taxes. ... allow them to tax smokes equal to the
state tax $1.18 per pack for cigarettes.
receives accolades for tobacco-free policy
AroundtheO - April 25, 2013
The UO has received the Fresh Air Gold Campus award for adopting a
100 percent tobacco-free policy, the highest level of achievement awarded
by the Fresh Air Campus Challenge.
According to the Americans
Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, the United States has at least 1,159
smoke-free campuses. Of these, 783 have a tobacco-free policy.
bars with patios face time restrictions
KVAL - April 25, 2013
Most everyone has been on both sides of that conflict, but members
of the early-to-bed crowd lose nightly battles when they live next to
a bar or tavern, and they've become increasingly sleep-deprived since
Oregon passed a law prohibiting patrons from smoking indoors.
Tobacco Ban Founded In Science
Dalles Chronicle-April 17, 2013
Wasco County is to be commended for joining the State of Oregon, which
phased in its tobacco-free property policy beginning Jan 1, 2013; and
other counties, ...
Passes Bill Allowing County Cigarette Taxes
The Lund Report - April 5, 2013
Oregon counties are one step closer to adopting their own cigarette
taxes, after the House voted 31-29 to remove a statute from state law
that precludes any entity but the state from taxing tobacco. I
dont know how you address tobacco addiction unless you have money
in public health to provide services, said Rep. Caddy McKeown,
County Fair to restrict smoking this year, ban it in 2014
OregonLive.com - April 4, 2013
Oregon's Umatilla County Fair will restrict smoking at this year's fair
and ban it entirely in 2014. The fair joins more than a dozen others
in Oregon that have instituted smoking restrictions.
to outlaw smoking in 2014 ($$)
East Oregonian - April 4, 2013
The Umatilla County Fair joined 16 other fairs in the state that place
restrictions on smoking. The county board of commissioners voted 3-0
Wednesday to ...
lets counties tax tobacco
Curry Coastal Pilot (Brookings, OR) - April 3, 2013
Curry County is considering writing a letter, similar to that written
by Josephine County, that advocates for the state to remove a law prohibiting
counties from taxing cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Smoking In Cars With Minors
Albany Tribune - March 13, 2013
The Oregon Senate passed Wednesday on a bipartisan 19-10 vote a bill
that would make smoking in a motor vehicle with a driver or passenger
under 18 a traffic violation.
Senate Bill 444 will now go to
the Oregon House of Representatives for consideration.
pushes for local tobacco taxes to go with increased state ...
BlueOregon - March 13, 2013
Oregon legislators will hear the pros and cons of higher tobacco taxes
for the ... over a proposal to empower local municipalities to raise
local cigarette taxes.
Psuvanguard.com - March 11, 2013
Portland State has accepted the regional Fresh Air Campus Challenge
posed by local, state and federal health authorities. Building on the
campus current Clean Air Corridor, the challenge is to eliminate
all smoking on PSUs campus by 2016. If the ban is implemented,
PSU would join more than 60 other colleges in the Pacific Northwest
with campus-wide smoking bans, including Oregon State University, the
University of Oregon, Oregon Health and Science University and 50 community
colleges statewide. Nationally, 17 percent of all campuses have implemented
joins effort to go smoke-free by 2016
OregonLive.com - March 8, 2013
PCC went smoke-free while she attended. Then she visited a friend in
Victoria, B.C., which has strict public smoking restrictions. Then she
moved into a ...
ban good for health, people should still have a choice
Dailybarometer-March 6, 2013
Smoking ban good for health, people should still have a choice ... The
takeaway is that comprehensive bans on smoking save lives. When Oregon
Planning To Be Smoke-Free By 2016 ($$)
Centralia Chronicle - March 1, 2013
Portland State University has already taken steps to reduce tobacco
use on its downtown campus. Now the school is challenging itself to
become entirely smoke-free by 2016.
County Fair plans to restrict smoking
kgw.com - February 28, 2013
(AP) Board members for the Umatilla County, Ore., fair say they're
considering a new smoking restriction policy that would be phased in
over two years.
Hovde: Should we fine smoking drivers or just butt out?
The Oregonian - February 23, 2013
There are a dozen good reasons not to like a current legislative proposal
banning smoking in cars with kids. But there is one really good reason
to like it, so the proposal keeps nagging me. If you agree with mountains
of research that secondhand smoke is a legitimate health concern, allow
me to try to make you similarly torn, as misery loves company.
ban proposed for drivers with kids
Northwest Cable News - February 21, 2013
State Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward is proposing smoking in a car
with kids as a secondary offense, meaning you'd have to first be pulled
over for ...
Wants Tobacco Money Spent on Prevention
The Lund Report - February 20, 2013
So far Oregon has received $1 billion from the tobacco companies, but
instead ... was created in 1996 when voters agreed to more than double
the cigarette tax.
ban proposed for drivers with kids
kgw.com - February 20, 2013
State Senator whos also a doctor and a mom wants to make it illegal
for parents to smoke while kids are riding in the car. State Senator
Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward is proposing smoking in a car with kids as
a secondary offense, meaning youd have to first be pulled over
for something else like speeding.
a Cigarette, Go To Jail: That's The Plan One Oregon Lawmaker Is Cooking
Seattle (WA) Weekly - Jan 25, 2013
Greenlick is vacationing in New York, his legislative assistant, Autumn
Shreve, informed us yesterday, and was unavailable to discuss his anti-smoking
measure, which the Oregon Legislature may or may not address when its
session convenes Feb. 4.
Town: State parks are the next battlefield for tobacco bans in Oregon
Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal - Jan 15, 2013
No smoking outside state buildings. And now state parks, including the
park land that surrounds the state Capitol in Salem, could become the
next place where tobacco use is prohibited. Lighting up a cigar or dipping
snuff at the Oregon State Fairground ...
parks may restrict smoking by 2014
OregonLive.com-January 15, 2013
Oregon parks may restrict smoking by 2014 ... To follow the spirit of
the governor's order, however, new restrictions on tobacco use at parks
are almost a given.
Laws restricting smoking make a matchless blessing ($$)
NRToday.com - January 6, 2013
The City Council last month agreed to restrict smoking in each
of Winstons three parks.
ban on state property in effect
Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal - January 3, 2013
State says ban is long-term effort to save on worker health care costs
employee smoking ban takes effect
Herald and News - January 3, 2013
Kitzhaber signed the ban to save the state money. About 4 percent of
Oregon's 50,000 state workers smoke and they cost the state more in
health care costs and ...
state employee smoking ban takes effect
Seattle Post Intelligencer - January 3, 2013
SALEM, Ore. (AP) Prison guards are an exception to a no-smoking
rule that took effect Tuesday for Oregon state employees. The order
signed by Gov.
Report: Oregon Ranks 20th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
PRNewswire December 6, 2012
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oregon ranks 20th in the nation
in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit,
according to a national report released today by a coalition of public
The annual report on states' funding of
tobacco prevention programs, titled "Broken Promises to Our Children:
The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 14 Years Later," was released
by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American
Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
and state lottery earnings
Oregon Catalyst - December 4, 2012
I was recently doing some research into the State of Oregons
quarterly revenue forecasts, and I ran across an interesting statement.
In the December 2012 Lottery Earnings Forecast, it says [Lottery]
revenue fell sharply in the wake of the recession and enactment of the
smoking ban. A smoking ban caused lottery revenue to fall? It
seemed like a curious comment in an otherwise dry budget document, and
so I dug into it a little. The smoking ban mentioned in the states
revenue forecast is the Oregon smoking ban expansion that went into
effect in January 2009 that prohibited smoking in restaurants, bars
and taverns. Anecdotal evidence after the ban spoke of significant loss
of lottery revenue because of the ban, noting that video poker had dropped
tobacco-free policy goes into effect
Coast River Business Journal - November 8, 2012
Clatsop County's new tobacco-free campuses are now in effect. Tobacco
use is prohibited at three Clatsop County properties in Astoria. Signs
to that effect have been installed at the 800/820 Exchange St. offices,
the Judge Guy Boyington Building at 857 Commercial St., and the public
works complex at 1100 Olney Ave.
initiative clears the air, receives mixed reviews
Dailybarometer - October 25, 2012
Several things seem to have disappeared from campus this year. Ashtrays
that had lined Oregon State Universitys sidewalks, the occasional
cigarette butt that had littered the ground and students smoking outside
the Valley Library are now rare, if not altogether gone, after OSUs
new smoke-free policy took effect in September.
replacement therapy offered at UO in transition to a tobacco-free campus
Oregon Daily Emerald - October 21, 2012
The nicotine-free policy instituted at the University of Oregon at the
beginning of September has been years in the making. Ive
worked on tobacco control for eight years, said Paula Staight,
advisor to the Student Health Advisory Committee. This didnt
just happen overnight. This took years (of) polling students (and) making
Want Legislature to Spend Tobacco Agreement Funds on Prevention
The Lund Report - October 11, 2012
The Oregon Partners for Tobacco Prevention, a statewide not-for-profit
corporation representing businesses, advocacy groups, and people seeking
a tobacco-free Oregon, hopes the state will finally dedicate those funds
toward their original intended use an
council rejects proposal to ban smoking in parks
Klamath Falls (OR) Herald & News - Oct 3, 2012
At Monday night's council meeting, Klamath Falls City Council members
roundly rejected a proposed ordinance that would ban the use of tobacco
products in city parks, although several remained open to a less restrictive
ordinance that would ban smoking on
of Oregon Smoking Ban Update
Eugene Daily News - October 3, 2012
UO was the first Pac12 school to ban smoking on campus. The smoking
ban forbids the use of all tobacco products on grounds owned or controlled
Make parks smoke-free
The Register-Guard - October 2, 2012
Alicia Hays, director of health and human services for Lane County,
has gotten out in front of her bosses on the Board of Commissioners
by proposing a ban on smoking on all county property, including in parks.
Most of the commissioners either oppose such a ban or would rather talk
about other issues. But Hays is on the right track, and board members
should understand that implementing her idea would be easier than it
ban debate reignites
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard September 30, 2012
Leeanne Bale didnt mince words when she heard Lane County was
considering banning smoking outdoors on county-owned property.
If the county does move ahead with the idea, it will be in good company.
More than 600 cities and counties nationwide from the Deep South
to the Midwest and from tobacco-growing states to California
have passed laws prohibiting smoking in parks, according to the American
Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Ten cities and two counties in Oregon
are among them.
transit, outdoor smoking and ballot privacy: Opinion roundup
OregonLive.com - September 27, 2012
If all of this sounds familiar, perhaps it's because Portland State
University recently made rumblings about asking the city to ban smoking
in the South Park ...
Corvallis goes smoke-free
Bend Bulletin - September 25, 2012
CORVALLIS Students at Oregon State University in Corvallis started
their school year this week on an entirely smoke-free campus. Smoking
had been ...
banned at Autzen Stadium for Ducks games
KPTV.com - Aug 31, 2012
EUGENE, OR (KPTV) - When the Ducks take the field on Saturday, there
will be no smoking allowed in the stadium. The University of Oregon
is banning the use of all tobacco products on property owned or controlled
by the school starting Saturday.
County considers extending smoking bans
kgw.com - September 13, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Public health officials in Lane County are talking
about broadening restrictions on smoking tobacco to all county property,
including the 4,600 acres of parks, campgrounds and other recreation
facilities it operates.
County Could Go Smoke-Free
KLCC FM Public Radio (OR) - September 12, 2012
Health and Human Services spokesman Jason Davis says they're hosting
a town hall meeting to get feedback on banning smoking from county properties.
campus tobacco-free starting Sept. 1
KVAL - August 30, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Smoke 'em if you got 'em: The University of Oregon campus
goes smoke and tobacco free starting Saturday, Sept. 1. The new change,
made official by Oregon Administrative Rule 571-050-0005, bans the use
of all tobacco products on property owned or controlled by the UO, including
its primary campus footprint in Eugene, the UO in Portland at the White
Stag Block, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston and
the Pine Mountain Observatory near Bend.
bans take effect Saturday at Oregon State, UO
Albany Democrat Herald - August 31, 2012
Saturday is the first day of an official smoking ban at both Oregon
State University ... John Kitzhaber has issued an executive order banning
the use of tobacco ...
of smoking ban: Education over enforcement
Corvallis Gazette Times - August 30, 2012
For the first time, smokers who attend a Beavers football game will
not be permitted to light up. Saturday is the first official day of
Oregon State Universitys campus-wide smoking ban.
Village casino backers show off plans for 'uniquely Oregon ...
OregonLive.com - August 24, 2012
Backers of a proposed casino in Wood Village are pushing its "family
friendly" ... He also noted that it, unlike tribal casinos, would
be entirely non-smoking.
State University's effort to discourage smoking encourages ...
OregonLive.com August 8, 2012
The Oregonian's Aug. 2 editorial "PSU's off-campus smoking ban,"
about a proposal to ban smoking in the South Park Blocks, was misleading
and did not acknowledge what steps Portland State University is taking
to improve student health.
leaders meet Wednesday on tobacco-free campus
Daily (OR) Astorian - August 7, 2012
County leaders meet Wednesday on tobacco-free campus ... the Clatsop
County Board of Commissioners is considering making county facilities
governor orders state buildings to go tobacco-free by 2014
OregonLive.com - August 2, 2012
SALEM -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has proclaimed Oregon to be "tobacco-free."
At least in state buildings and on state property adjacent to state
issues smoking ban for most state buildings, grounds
Statesman Journal - August 3, 2012
Smoking and other tobacco use will be barred at most state buildings
and grounds, including prisons, under an executive order issued Thursday
by Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is a physician.
steps up tobacco ban
Albany Democrat Herald - August 2, 2012
Oregon is stepping up its campaign against tobacco on several fronts,
but one place not following suit is Linn-Benton Community College.
John Kitzhaber has ordered a complete ban of any tobacco use on all
state properties, with the first phase taking effect Jan. 1, 2013. Smoking
already is banned ...
and Portland Parks Bureau consider smoking ban for campus Park Blocks
OregonLive.com (blog) - July 31, 2012
Portland State University has started talks with Portland Parks &
Recreation about limiting or prohibiting tobacco use in the South Park
Blocks that run through the center of campus. Representatives of both
said the talks are in early stages and will require public input beyond
that of PSU students and faculty.
Parks Commission takes up smoking ban
WMTW Portland - July 31, 2012
The city's Public Safety Committee and Health and Human Services
Committee approved the ordinance in a unanimous vote at a meeting last
Co. Survey on Secondhand Smoke
KTVZ - June 18, 2012
BEND, Ore. -- Deschutes County Health Services invites residents and
visitors to complete a brief online survey about secondhand smoke exposure
and tobacco use in relation to downtown areas. The countys goal
is to better understand resident and visitor tobacco and smoke-free
preferences for future policy-making consideration
allow smoke at the county fair
Coos Bay World (OR) - June 14, 2012
You stated there is a worry that it would deter people from going to
the fair. This is the same logic restaurants used when the non-smoking
law was introduced, ...
Cheer on smoke-free environments
The Columbian - May 23, 2012
Congratulations to the Oregon Zoo for going smoke-free beginning May
26. (Use of all tobacco products will be banned on zoo grounds.) The
Metro Council ...
Zoo to implement non-smoking policy May 26
Metro newsfeed - May 17, 2012
The Oregon Zoo is going smoke-free. Starting May 26, the use of tobacco
products, including cigarettes, will be prohibited on zoo grounds as
part of a wider policy that affects all Metro-operated facilities. Smoking
has long been prohibited inside zoo buildings, but has previously been
allowed in designated outdoor areas.
banned at Talking Water Gardens
Albany (OR) Democrat Herald - May 8, 2012
Dogs on leashes are OK at the Talking Water Gardens, but smoking tobacco
Albany Councilman Floyd Collins told the city council Monday that the
joint Albany-Millersburg committee managing the area had made that decision
Signs have already been put up regarding the smoking
ban, the council was told. But the DH could not find any Monday night.
The joint management committee ...
bans outdoor smoking: Even chewing tobacco will be prohibited in parks,
all other Benton County property
Corvallis (OR) Gazette Times - May 2, 2012
The Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 0 on Tuesday to ban smoking
as well as smokeless tobacco products such as chew, snuff and electronic
cigarettes at all county-owned facilities and grounds starting
Jan. 1, 2013. The ban includes not only public areas and parking lots
outside county buildings but also all county parks, natural areas and
campgrounds. Technically, the new rule is an internal policy that governs
Benton County employees, not an ordinance, so no public hearing was
required to pass it. But its written in such a way as to apply
to volunteers, interns, clients, visitors and vendors on county property
snuffs out smoking in parks
Lake Oswego Review (OR)- April 19, 2012
By Kara Hansen Murphey You can no longer smoke cigarettes or use other
tobacco ... The city council Tuesday approved a resolution banning the
use of tobacco ...
sends tobacco packing from public buildings
By Steve Law
Portland Tribune - April 6, 2012
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a
new tobacco-free campus policy on Thursday for all county-owned properties.
Pizacani, B.A.; Maher, J.E.; Rohde, K.; Drach, L.; Stark, M.J., "Implementation
of a smoke-free policy in subsidized multiunit housing: effects on smoking
cessation and secondhand smoke exposure," Nicotine and Tobacco
Research [Epub ahead of print], February 7, 2012.
This survey of low income residents of multiunit subsidized housing
in Portland, Oregon, four months and one year after implementation of
smokefree policies found a self-reported annualized quit rate of 14.7
percent over the study period (95 percent CI = 7.9 percent-21.6 percent)
compared with a historical quit rate of 2.6 percent (95 percent CI =
0.6 percent-4.5 percent). Nearly half of continuing smokers reduced
their cigarette consumption. More smokers correctly reported policy
rules for indoor settings than for outdoor settings and self-reported
indoor smoking decreased significantly from 59 percent to 17 percent.
Among nonsmokers, frequent indoor secondhand smoke exposure (multiple
times per week) decreased from 41 percent to 17 percent.
curbs smoking among substance abusers
The state of Oregon is fighting tobacco use among people with mental
illness and substance abuse disorders, officials say. ...
smoke and heart attacks: What the numbers mean
OregonLive.com - Ty J. Gluckman - November 2, 2011
When the ICAA went into effect, it replaced a statewide law banning
smoking in most indoor workplaces in Oregon that had been in existence
since 2001. ...
happened to Oregon's heart miracle?
OregonLive.com - Jacob Grier - November 2, 2011
By Guest Columnist By Jacob Grier When Oregon's smoking ban took effect
in 2009 ... and cited research claiming that banning smoking in bars
and restaurants ...
smoking in city parks
Lebanon (OR) Express - October 19, 2011
As of the evening of Oct. 12, smoking is banned in all Lebanon parks,
with a few exceptions. The council unanimously approved the ordinance
at the Oct. 12 ...
Council rejects smoking limitation
Longview Daily News - September 20, 2011
... out a proposal to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance
of any building open to the public, declining to extend the state's
ban by 15 feet. ...
ban expanded at countys Behavioral Health Services complex
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, 2011-07-30
Lane County government has added another property to the growing list
of sites nationwide where smoking is entirely banned, indoor and out.
Effective Monday, smoking will be prohibited at the countys sprawling,
woodsy Behavioral Health Services complex at 2411 Martin Luther King
Jr. Blvd. in Eugene. ...
colleges and universities plan to go smoke-free
The Oregonian, 2011-07-26
Bill Graves, The Oregonian
Colleges want to wipe out tobacco and the dangers of second-hand smoke,
promote better health, reduce litter -- and prepare students for a near
universal smoke-free workplace in a state where policy banned smokers
from public buildings, restaurants and some parks years ago. By next
fall, most smokers at Oregon universities will have to leave campus
to light up. ...
council votes not to ban park smoking
Statesman Journal - July 12, 2011
Salem City Council on Monday voted down an ordinance that would have
banned smoking in Salem parks but left the door open for revisitation.
The council's decision rested on the difficulty of catching a smoker
in the act and the ability to stop unwanted ...
House passes disputed hookah lounge bill
Ventura County Star - June 29, 2011
The measure was changed in the final days of the legislative session,
and its primary sponsor fears those changes will allow hookah lounges
to open in teenage hangouts like shopping malls and do more harm than
good to Oregon's indoor smoking ban. ...
parks smoking ban is a hazy issue
Statesman Journal - June 29, 2011
Those reasons make it plausible to ban smoking in Salem's city parks.
The city council will take up the issue with a public hearing July 11.
But tempting as a ban might be, the council should consider several
factors: -Is this a widespread issue in ...
House to vote on disputed hookah bill
San Antonio Express - June 29, 2011
(AP) -- The Oregon House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on curbing the
growth of hookah lounges that allow customers to smoke flavored tobacco.
The measure would impose tough new restrictions on smoke shops, including
a requirement that new they have ...
County bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors
OregonLive.com -Â Elliot Njus - June 22, 2011
By Elliot Njus, The Oregonian AP Photo/Ed AndrieskiAn electronic cigarette
and the filter end, which holds a liquid nicotine solution. A new Clark
County ordinance bans selling the devices to minors. Selling electronic
cigarettes -- the ...
Asks Bend To Prohibit Smoking On College Way
myCentralOregon.com - Glenn Vaagen - June 17, 2011
BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council discussed an ordinance request by
Central Oregon Community College to prohibit smoking along College Way.
School officials would like to ban smoking along the roadway as an effort
to make the Bend Campus tobacco free. ...
Councilors Wary of COCC Smoking Ban Plea
KTVZ - Barney Lerten - June 16, 2011
Central Oregon Community College's request that the city of Bend ban
smoking along College Way that runs through the campus got a mixed reception
from city councilors Wednesday night, who noted enforcement issues and
made a different proposal: that the ...
council waits to decide fate of smoking in parks
Statesman Journal - Timm Collins - June 14, 2011
The Salem City Council decided to continue a public hearing rather than
vote on a smoking ban in parks at Monday night's meeting. A total of
four public hearings were scheduled for the meeting, and residents filled
the council chambers for a chance to ...
smoking in parks is for health
Statesman Journal - June 10, 2011
Or so critics of Salem City Council's effort to ban smoking in municipal
parks would have you believe. Noting that its proposed ordinance is
not intended to restrict an individual's right to smoke, but rather
protect others from second-hand exposure in ...
bar slips through legislative loophole
A bill in the Legislature would prevent new smoking lounges from
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, 2011-05-22
Lauren Fox The Register-Guard
If Oregon lawmakers pass House Bill 2726, new hookah bars would be
banned from opening, but the 62 existing lounges statewide plus any
established before July would be grandfathered in. ...
lawmakers try to plug loophole allowing hookah lounges
Columbus (IN) Republic, 2011-05-22
* LAUREN FOX Eugene Register-Guard
Al Narah, Eugene's newest hookah lounge, may have opened in the nick
of time. ...
Votes to Place Restrictions on Hookah Bars
The Lund Report - Amanda Waldroupe - April 27, 2011
The bill closes a loophole in the Clean Indoor Air Act, also known as
the Smoke-Free Workplace Law, which allows the sampling of tobacco products
at smoke shops and cigar bars for 'retail decision-making.' Tomei said
the loophole allows hookah lounges ...
County will consider banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors
The Oregonian, 2011-03-25
Elliot Njus, The Oregonian
They're not cigarettes, but they're are close enough to catch the attention
of Clark County Public Health. ...
buy fewer cigarettes, die less from tobacco-related cancers, according
to state report
The Oregonian, 2011-01-26
Melissa Navas, The Oregonian
While Oregonians buy fewer cigarettes and die less from tobacco-related
cancers, the number of people smoking had a slight uptick in 2009 --
though public health officials can't yet say is a trend.
Oregon also saw a rise last year in use of smokeless tobacco products
particularly among adult males and hookah pipe smoking popular among
teenagers and young adults. Data from an Oregon Tobacco Prevention &
Education Program report were released Tuesday also showed ...
announces plan to ban smoking
The rule will take effect in 2012 after officials work out details
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, 2010-11-18
Greg Bolt and Saul Hubbard The Register-Guard
The University of Oregon announced Wednesday that it plans to go entirely
tobacco-free as part of a new initiative promoting healthy lifestyles
for students, faculty and staff. That means no tobacco use -- cigarettes
or otherwise -- anywhere on campus.
But the ban won't go into effect until the start of fall term 2012,
giving campus health officials almost two years to work out the details
of the prohibition and to prepare the campus community for the change.
And it will provide time to work out some of the thornier technicalities
of what is now a broadly conceived program.
The ban, approved by UO President Richard Lariviere, was unveiled at
a morning event that included the announcement that the UO has landed
a $1 million gift that will help fund the university's new Healthy Campus
Initiative, including more help for students and employees who want
to quit tobacco. ...
Clean Air Act Compliance Study (PDF)
Oregon Department of Human Services, 2010-11-11
Prepared by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
Oregons amended Indoor Clean Air Act, also referred to as Oregons
Smokefree Workplace Law, prohibits smoking in almost all indoor workplaces
and public places with the exception of cigar bars and smoke shops that
are certified by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
(TPEP) as meeting statutory exemption requirements (ORS 433.835
433.875). In the summer of 2010, TPEP conducted assessments of certified
cigar bars and smoke shops to determine compliance with the law. A previous
study assessed statewide compliance among businesses newly required
to be smokefree. ...
to ban smoking in city parks
KDRV - November 9, 2010
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Smokers in Roseburg will soon not be able to light
up in parks.
This week, the Roseburg City Council voted to ban smoking and chewing
tobacco in nearly all of its parks. The ban takes effect on January
Council may consider smoking ban in city parks
Statesman Journal - Thelma Guerrero-Houston - October 25, 2010
... The council could consider directing staffers to write a draft
ordinance that would designate all city parks in Salem as smoke-free
Ward 5 Councilor Diana Dickey is proposing the idea, saying it is not
her intent to restrict people's rights to smoke but rather to protect
nonsmokers at parks from breathing in other people's smoke and to prevent
young children from being harmed by second-hand smoke.
New laws banning smoking in restaurants and clubs have been put in
place during the past several years. More recently, the Salem Housing
Authority began making its properties smoke-free, citing the effects
of second-hand cigarette smoke. ...
takes first step to ban tobacco in all city parks
KMTR NewsSource 16 - Chris McKee - October 8, 2010
ROSEBURG, Ore. (KMTR) The city of Roseburg has taken the first
big step to ban all tobacco product use in city parks.
On Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, Roseburgs Parks & Recreation
Commission voted to pursue the idea of a total tobacco ban.
The rule isnt part of city park code yet. The bans language
needs to be written by city staff, then the citys Parks &
Rec. Commission needs to pass it, followed by a passing vote from Roseburg
If it happens, all tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, chewing
tobacco and others would be banned from use in all city parks, except
for the golf course. ...
UO to Go
KEZI TV - Gia Vang - October 7, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lighting up on the University of Oregon campus might
soon be a violation of school policy.
The student body president is pushing to ban smoking on the campus
"Everybody is affected negatively be second-hand smoke, and everyone
should have the right to breath clean air," said Amelie Rousseau,
A UO Smoke Free Task Force found just five percent of the school's
27,000 students and faculty smoke.
Of the 4,800 people they surveyed, 75 percent support a ban ...
Housing Authority facility goes smoke-free
Statesman Journal - Thelma Guerrero-Huston - September 8, 2010
It's been about 13 years since Connie Ginther took her last puff off
"It was a struggle," the 69-year-old Salem woman said about
quitting smoking. "Cigarettes were always there for me."
The story is different for Andrew Staggs, 69, who is a chain smoker.
But unlike years past, Staggs, who resides in the Robert Lindsey Tower
in downtown Salem, must go outdoors to light up.
That's because the Salem Housing Authority has designated the tower
a smoke-free building.
Except for Englewood West, which has been a non-smoking facility since
it was built and put in service in February 1992, Salem Housing Authority
recently began implementing non-smoking rules at its properties piecemeal.
So far, the policy only applies to new housing residents and tenants
who have renewed their lease. The rule does not yet apply to people
who are "grandfathered" in.
"This is really about the effects of second-hand (cigarette) smoke,
and the people who don't smoke but have to endure the smoke," said
Andy Wilch, the housing authority's administrator.
The housing authority first began exploring the possibility of going
smoke-free at all of its properties last fall, though not all are smoke-free
Non-smoking policies help to reduce damage to units, saving the agency
a significant amount of money it otherwise would have to spend to thoroughly
clean a unit damaged by cigarette smoke, Wilch said.
It typically takes 10 days to turn around a vacated unit with sustained
smoke damage, said Nicole Utz, the authority's housing services supervisor.
"Nicotine attaches to all types of surfaces, so we have to clean,
and in some instances, replace the carpet, replace the blinds, clean
the walls, and a lot more," she said. "It's extensive work
that's costly." ...
Ban Smoking Inside Housing
KEZI TV - Susan Gager - August 31, 2010
LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Some local smokers are outraged with local housing
managers because of a smoking ban inside low-income housing complexes.
Smoking was banned in restaurants, bars and taverns and around certain
public buildings. Now the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane
County (HACSA) has put their foot down.
Come the new year, smoking will not be allowed in their estimated 1,500
complexes they own around Eugene and Springfield.
HACSA says it's hard to turn a unit damaged by nicotine smoke. They've
also received numerous complaints from people who smell smoke from neighboring
units, and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports them.
But smokers in those apartments say it's not so much the issue of smoking,
but rather an invasion of their privacy.
One smoker who does not want to be named says he lost his home Monday
over the issue.
"They want to ban legal things that we are able to enjoy within
the privacy of our homes," said Rick.
"Unfortunately, there is no right to smoke and damage a unit or
damage someone else's lungs. Once that smoke infiltrates into my neighbor's
unit, it has now become a situation that the other neighbor is trying
to take care of," said Chuck D. Hauck, HACSA Housing Director.
bans electronic cigarettes
Portland Business Journal - by Suzanne Stevens Web editor
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger on Monday announced a settlement
with electronic cigarette maker Smoking Everywhere Inc. and its president,
Elico Taieb. It's the second victory for Kroger in his effort to keep
Oregon e-cigarette free.
Under terms of the latest agreement, the Florida company admits that
it violated Oregon's Unlawful Trade Practices Act and will pay more
than $95,000 to the Oregon Department of Justice. It is also barred
from selling its products in the state. In addition, Taieb will pay
$25,000 and is prohibited from transacting any business in Oregon related
to tobacco products or nicotine delivery systems.
The state DOJ filed suit against Smoking Everywhere in 2009 claiming
the company was misrepresenting the safety of its product and charging
that its marketing efforts were geared toward minors.
Bend Tribune: Ordinance bans smoking in South Bend parks
But enforcing the measure is difficult, official says
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2010-08-09
MARK SCHIRRIPA WSBT-TV Radio
No smoking is allowed at South Bend's Potawatomi Park. But you'd never
know it to look at the grounds.
The signs are printed in English and Spanish: No smoking in the park.
Yet dozens of cigarette butts litter the area. There are indications
that people smoke even near the playground and in the play area.
Parks spokesman Mark Bradley said the city is doing all that it can
and that's not much.
"It's pretty difficult to enforce," he said. "As in
many other situations, we only have what we call three park police to
patrol over 50 parks within the city as well as the numerous other facilities,
schools, golf courses, things of that nature.
But it's pretty
park visitors react to proposed smoking ban
Roseburg (OR) News-Review, 2010-07-26
Inka Bajandas The News-Review
The Roseburg Parks Commission is considering whether to recommend that
the City Council prohibit smoking in city parks. City staff members
proposed banning smoking within 30 feet of playgrounds, though some
park commissioners suggested last week a parkwide smoking ban would
be easier to enforce. If the council restricts smoking, violators could
face a fine of up to $1,500.
On a recent afternoon, some parents spending time with their children
at the playground in Stewart Park said that a total ban on smoking in
city parks might be going too far, though most said prohibiting smoking
near park playgrounds sounded like a good idea. Several recommended
designating smoking areas away from playgrounds as another way to keep
children from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Wagner's husband, Michael Wagner, also a smoker, agreed with his wife
that a ban would make sense. ...
Parks Commission to consider playground smoking
NRToday.com - Inka Bajandas - July 20 2010
Anyone taking a puff from a cigarette within 30 feet of a Roseburg
city playground could soon face a fine, perhaps as stiff as $1,500.
The Roseburg Parks Commission plans to consider Wednesday a recommendation
from city staff to ban smoking near all playgrounds in city parks. If
the commission embraces the staff's recommendation, the proposal would
go to the City Council, according to Parks and Recreation Program Manager
Barbara Taylor. ...
Oregon landlords ban smoking indoors
Ashland Daily Tidings - Andy Dworkin - July 1, 2010
PORTLAND When Rebecca Geary moved into a Gresham apartment,
the cigarette smoke that somehow wafted into a bathroom from her neighbor
downstairs was just an annoyance. Geary says she smoked many years ago
"as a kid," but had grown so sensitive to the smell that she
shut the door to that bathroom and only used another.
Soon after, doctors found cancer in one of Geary's lungs and had to
remove it. With just one lung left, the traces of smoke still creeping
into her apartment made it hard for Geary to breathe and she
had nine months left on her lease. Fortunately, city housing officials
helped Geary get out of her lease and she found smoke-free housing with
friends. In August, she'll graduate from nursing school and look for
her own apartment again, one that bans any tenants from lighting up.
Bay bans smoking in downtown park
Associated Press (AP), 2010-06-03
Smokers in Coos Bay will have to curb their habit when visiting Mingus
The World newspaper reports the Coos Bay City Council voted Tuesday
to ban smoking in the downtown park, including the sidewalks next to
the skatepark. They also banned smoking around playgrounds in five other
city parks. ...
County Fair expands no-smoking areas
NRToday.com - John Sowell - May 27, 2010
Banning smoking in all but the designated areas, which will have signs
to identify their locations, will make it easier for people to find
the spots where ...
Park could soon be smoke free
KCBY.com 11 - Erica Rush - May 19, 2010
COOS BAY, Ore. -A proposal made at the start of the year to restrict
smoking in Coos Bay's Public Parks is still under review, as City Councilors
consider banning smoking in all of Mingus Park and portions of others.
The ordinance brought before the Council Tuesday night suggested that
the City limit smoking in all six of their public parks within 25 feet
of any play structures, as well at the Mingus Park Baseball/Softball
field and fenced area of the Skate Park.
Some community members in attendance applauded staff for coming up
with a reasonable compromise.
"It does a realistic job of restricting smoking in specific areas
in all the parks, where we would sensibly and using common sense probably
should restrict smoking," said Steve Pickering. ...
agrees to ban smoking in parts of parks
KCBY.com 11 - Erica Rush - April 7, 2010
COOS BAY, Ore. -A proposed Smoking Ban in Coos Bay's parks turns into
a fight over freedom, and the rights of a smokers vs. non-smoker, during
Tuesday night's public hearing at the City Council Chambers.
After hours of public input on the matter, the Council concluded that
for now, the City will draft an ordinance to prohibit smoking at Mingus
Parks Skate park and Softball field and all designated playground areas
in the City.
A handful of opponents say it's a slippery slope, even comparing it
to racial and religious segregation in the past. Thus leading others
to question, what are the real risks and where do you draw the line?
One opponent said, "When will the next thing to be banned from
our public places? I'm overweight, when will there be a time when I'm
not a good role model for children?" ...
smoking is meeting topic
The World (Coos Bay, OR), 2010-04-03
Coos Bay officials have drafted an ordinance that would ban smoking
in all of the city's parks. The City Council will have a public hearing
Tuesday to discuss the proposal and possibly vote on the policy.
The council told staff to draft the ordinance after several residents
requested a ban in January. ...
County leads state in smoking deaths
The World (Coos Bay, OR), 2010-04-03
Meghan Walsh, Staff Writer
The Webster's dictionary defines addiction as "to give oneself
up to something." Freedom is described as liberation from the control
of some arbitrary power.
"The irony is people talk about smoking being a freedom,"
said Stephen Brown, tobacco prevention director for Coos County health.
"It's made up. Addiction is not freedom."
Coos County boasts the fourth highest smoking rate, sitting at 27 percent,
of Oregon counties, according to Oregon Department of Human Services.
Statewide, 19 in every 100 Oregonian adults and kids smoke.
And while Coos County might be fourth-highest among smoking rates,
it leads the state in incidences of lung cancer.
Brown argues Coos County's higher number is due to a culture of acceptance,
which bleeds into our youth before they have the intellectual development
to understand the long-term consequences of smoking. By the time young
adults grasp the implications of smoking, which include death, they
are already addicted and their freedom has been stripped, he said.
"It's important to realize kids become the next generation of
smokers," Brown added.
Megan Vanderlinde, a local smoker, was 13 when she started smoking,
and 14 years later, the Coos Bay woman wishes she never had. Now the
addiction is so gripping she doesn't even attempt to quit. Vanderlinde
is among the more than 80 percent of smokers who say they would like
to stop, according to DHS. ...
Impacts Downtown Eugene
KEZI TV - Lindsey Doi - March 24, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene's expanded no-smoking ordinance is making an
impact on the Downtown Public Library.
Residents say downtown's ambiance has improved after just a few short
"It's certainly a lot more pleasant to walk in front of the library
now," said Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett.
More pleasant because the air is now free of smoke. The Downtown Public
Library is one of seven city buildings that fall under the new no-smoking
ordinance, which prohibits smoking on the building's entire block.
Parents say they're grateful that they no longer need to worry about
second-hand smoke affecting their children when visiting the library.
Workplace Law No Effect on Lottery
The Lund Report - Raymond Rendleman - March 17, 2010
March 17, 2010 -- A recent poll commissioned by Northwest Health Foundation
brings further doubt to the contention that smoking bans in bars are
responsible for reduced lottery funds.
Most of the 500 respondents65 percentclaimed they go to
restaurants and bars about the same since smoking has been
prohibited, while only 7 percent said they go less often,
and 12 percent indicated they go more often.
The results represent a huge victory for Oregons Department of
Human Services, which was the major proponent of last years smoking
new smoking regulations
KDRV ABC 12 (Medford, OR), 2010-02-16
MEDFORD, Ore. - Rogue Community College is considering becoming a smoke
Currently, people are allowed to smoke anywhere outside, as long as
it's at least 20 feet from an entrance. There are currently 3 proposals
the school board is considering. The first is a full cigarette and chewing
tobacco ban. The second is a ban only on smoking, the third is having
designated smoking areas. ...
City Council passes new smoking ban
KMTR NewsSource 16 - February 10, 2010
Eugene (KMTR) - City leaders hope a new smoking ban will help clear
the air for kids and their families in Eugene.
Eugene city councillors voted unanimously Monday night to extend the
ban on smoking outside public buildings like the downtown library, schools
and community centers. ...
Councilors Set To Vote On Smoking Ban Amendment
KEZI-TV (Eugene, OR), 2010-02-08
SPRINGFIELD, Ore--The air outside Eugene city-owned buildings, such
as libraries and community centers may soon get a bit cleaner. Eugene
City Councilors are expected to pass an amendment to the current smoking
Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy expects Monday's vote to pass, since last
month's public hearing didn't draw any strong opposition to the upcoming
The current ordinance requires smokers to be 25-feet away from a door,
window, or vent to a public building. But the new ordinance would extend
that to the curb. We talked to some local residents to get their thoughts
on upcoming vote.
"For the benefits of kids, who don't really have the option of
deciding whether to smoke or not. It makes sense in those circumstances,
especially if you're talking about places where kids are going to be.
Then I actually support it," Eugene resident Christopher Kohl said.
moves to ban smoking in parks
Coos Bay World - Meghan Walsh - January 20, 2010
The city of Coos Bay intends to follow Bandon's lead and ban smoking
in all of its public parks.
The city council approved a motion Tuesday night to have the city staff
write a no-smoking ordinance to cover all Coos Bay parks. Councilors
will vote on the ordinance at a later meeting.
Tuesday night's debate pitted a person's right to smoke in a public
park versus a child's right to play without exposure to toxins and harmful
The majority of council members favored the latter.
The discussion was prompted when Jennifer Stephens, a personal trainer
and Coos County Public Health employee, asked the city to ban smoking
in its parks, specifically Mingus Park.
"If no one is smoking, everyone can use the park," Stephens
said. "But if someone is smoking, the non-smokers have to leave."
To Weigh In On Proposed Amendment to Smoking Ban
KEZI-TV (Eugene, OR), 2010-01-19
The next time you light up, you might watch where you're standing.
That's because the city is discussing whether to expand the existing
ordinance that prohibits smoking within and around public buildings,
and Tuesday they'll hear from the public.
A major group that supports the change is the Downtown Eugene Library.
"It's one of the biggest complaints that we get," said Connie
Bennett, Eugene Public Library Director.
Directors say nearly 3,000 people use the library every day, and many
of them are children. Some residents said that is exactly why this ordinance
should be expanded. ...
Hood Community College bans smoking
OregonLive.com - Bill Graves - January 6, 2010
Mount Hood Community College this week became the third Oregon community
college to ban smoking on campus. Mount Hood Community College this
week became the ...
One year after smoking ban, bar owners, patrons have mixed feelings
about law's effects
Portland (OR) Tribune, 2009-12-19
Shannon Wells The Gresham Outlook, Dec 18, 2009
Right after the state of Oregon banned smoking in bars, a patron sitting
inside Bogey's Sports Bar took offense at the smell of cigarette smoke.
. . .
Bogey's proprietor, Carolyn Bailey, doesn't want to flaunt Oregon laws.
She admits, however, the smoking ban that took effect Jan. 1 has created
its share of problems.
"It's taken a toll on business. We're down 23 to 24 percent,"
Bailey says. "The numbers don't lie."
Bailey is among local bar owners and patrons who - not liking being
told what to do - are tolerating, but not enjoying, the 2009 law that
forbids lighting up in any Oregon business. ...
bars, bowling centers are following Smokefree Workplace Law, study shows
KUIK - Michael Medved - November 10, 2009
The majority of Oregon bars and bowling centers are in compliance with
the expanded Smokefree Workplace Law, according to a new study. The
law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2009, prohibits smoking in indoor workplaces
including bars, bowling centers and bingo halls, and creates a 10-foot
smokefree zone around doors, windows and ventilation systems in all
buildings open to the public.
The study, conducted by the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
Tobacco Prevention and Education Program, included a random sample of
Oregon bars and bowling centers and found that all observed establishments
were smokefree indoors. Almost three quarters had signs posted to inform
employees and customers of the law's requirements.
City hopes smoking ban will curb problems at library entrance
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard, 2009-11-06
Edward Russo The Register-Guard
Eugene resident Sally Krueger used to walk with her two children through
the front door of the downtown public library.
But the smoking and cursing from people who congregate in front of
the library prompted Krueger to change her route. She and her children
now enter the building from the library's underground parking garage.
"I always have my kids with me, and it's the smoking and the language
that I don't want to subject them to," said Krueger, an elementary
But help is on the way for residents like Krueger, who have become
uncomfortable with the behavior of people outside the library at West
10th Avenue and Olive Street.
City officials are proposing to completely ban smoking outside the
entire library building, up to the curbs, early next year. ...
the air on lottery revenue
OregonLive.com - November 3, 2009
In the midst of the messy process of health care reform, it's refreshing
to see one particular health policy, smoke-free workplace laws, having
a documented impact. But despite two recent studies clearly linking
the laws to a decrease in heart attacks, the laws continue to be a scapegoat
for declines in video lottery sales -- with no evidence of this link.
In the first study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American
Heart Association, researchers James Lightwood and Stanton Glantz
looked at 10 cities in the U.S., Italy and Scotland that have adopted
laws restricting smoking in public areas. Their conclusion was astounding:
The rate of hospitalization for acute heart attacks was reduced by 17
percent after one smoke-free year.
Even better, the bans continued to reduce heart attack rates over time,
with about a 36 percent drop three years after the laws took effect.
These results are consistent with the fact that nonsmokers exposed to
second-hand smoke at home or at work have a 25 to 30 percent increased
risk of developing heart disease. In fact, Lightwood believes that the
new findings suggest that the increased risk may be even higher. ...
The World (Coos Bay, OR), 2009-10-30
The North Bend City and Coos-Curry Housing Authorities have adopted
a no-smoking policy for the apartments and buildings they own.
Also, the Woodland Apartments Preservation and Powers Housing Development
adopted a no-smoking policy earlier this month.
The no-smoking policy will go into effect March 1.
Residents will be allowed to smoke outside their units 10 feet from
their neighbors' doors. They will not be allowed to smoke inside the
units or other buildings owned by the agencies. ...
concerns go up in smoke at PCC campuses
The Oregonian, 2009-10-30
Taryn Luna, The Oregonian
Jackson, 33, and her 5-year-old took the bus to and from campus last
year. Many people smoked at the bus stop, and soon enough, she saw her
own daughter puffing an imaginary cigarette.
"She sees everyone do it and thinks it's accepted," Jackson
The problem evaporated on Sept. 9 when tobacco products were banned
from all PCC property. Boasting 40,566 students, PCC has the largest
enrollment of any institute of higher education in the state.
At PCC Sylvania, students say the campus serving 26,700 harbored a
significant smoking culture. But thanks to a three-year tobacco cessation
plan that started in 2007, students and staff had plenty of warning
about the incoming ban. ...
ban in Hillsboro public parks passes
KATU - Adam Ghassemi - October 21, 2009
HILLSBORO, Ore. - The city of Hillsboro joined a handful of other Oregon
cities and towns Tuesday to ban smoking in public parks.
Just hours after the passage of the ordinance, city leaders said they
are more worried with educating the public instead of sticking them
with $250 fines. But some people still expressed concern with the new
proposes smoking ban in all city parks
The Oregonian, 2009-10-14
Casey Parks, The Oregonian
For years, Pam Kramer has attended Hillsboro's concerts in the park.
They're fun, she says, but the event has always been spoiled for her
by cigarette smokers.
"People get up and they smoke ... and the air drifts, and all
you do is smell their smoke," Kramer told the Hillsboro City Council
recently. "Something has to be done. Not just one or two people
are affected. Everybody sits in a crowd, like 75 people or more."
The council will vote Tuesday night on an ordinance that would ban
tobacco products in all city parks, including those owned by Metro but
operated by the city. ...
association pulls out of effort to ban smoking in tribal casinos
OregonLive.com - Harry Esteve - September 30, 2009
UPDATE: The American Lung Association today sent yet another letter
to Gov. Kulongoski, correcting their use of the word "misrepresented"
in relation to Portland lawyer John DiLorenzo. Executive Director Dana
Kaye now says "he did not misrepresent my organization but (I)
would describe the situation as a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunications."
An effort to force Oregon's indoor smoking ban on tribal casinos has
Last month, a top Portland attorney working on behalf of the American
Lung Association of Oregon sent a letter to Gov. Ted Kulongoski demanding
that he enforce the state's anti-smoking law on casinos, using the compacts
each tribe signs with the governor.
But earlier this week, the lung association's executive director, Dana
Kaye, sent a letter to Kulongoski withdrawing the demand. The group
merely wanted to raise the issue, "not demand action from the state,"
Kaye wrote in the contritely worded correspondence.
Kaye said the association's mission was "misrepresented"
when Portland lawyer John DiLorenzo initially wrote the governor calling
for action against the tribes.
DiLorenzo had contacted the association saying he wanted to take on
the issue of smoking inside the nine casinos run by Oregon tribes. He
said he found language in the compacts with the state suggesting that
casino health and safety rules must be as rigorous as those imposed
by the state.
Since Oregon has prohibited smoking inside bars and taverns, including
those with state lottery machines, DiLorenzo argued that the same rules
should apply to tribal casinos. Tribal leaders disagreed, noting their
status as sovereign nations and their efforts to offer nonsmoking areas.
But Kaye apparently didn't like DiLorenzo's approach.
In a separate letter, Kaye wrote to DiLorenzo terminating the group's
relationship with his law firm. "I am returning the contract you
sent to my office unsigned," Kaye wrote. "I am not in a position
to retain Davis Wright Tremain LLP to represent the American Lung Association
in Oregon." ...
smoking in tribal casinos
Hillsboro Argus - OregonLive.com - September 28, 2009
It's time for Northwest tribes to join the rest of the state
and truly acknowledge the dangers of secondhand smoke
For thousands of years, Native Americans have regarded tobacco as a
pungent aid to prayer, a medicine and a sacred gift from God. Like sage
and cedar, it is burned ceremonially, often with elders, in pursuit
But tobacco is also a killer.
Put all of that together, and it can be tricky to persuade young tribal
members not to smoke. And complicating the message even further is the
fact that tobacco is also a revenue raiser for many tribes. In a state
that bans smoking in taverns and restaurants and even bingo parlors,
the tribes now have a monopoly advantage in their casinos.
Even updated and ventilated, the tribal casino is a throwback now,
and a haven -- the last remaining place in Oregon where people can unabashedly
smoke and gamble, two addictions that help to fuel each other. Recently,
though, the American Lung Association, at the urging of attorney John
DiLorenzo, asked Gov. Ted Kulongoski to pressure the nine tribal casinos
in Oregon to comply with state law and ban smoking in casinos. ...
UCC goes tobacco free
Roseburg (OR) News-Review, 2009-09-09
Marissa Harshman The News-Review
WINCHESTER When Umpqua Community College students return to the
classroom in a few weeks, the air on campus is bound to be a bit cleaner,
less odorous, and perhaps a little less toxic.
All because the campus is going tobacco free beginning the first day
of fall term, Sept. 28.
A new campus procedure will prohibit students and staff from lighting
up cigarettes or sticking dips of chewing tobacco behind their lips
anywhere inside the perimeter of the campus. Those who break the rule
will be fined.
I think what the college is trying to do is provide a healthier
environment for students and staff, said Steve Buchko, UCC director
of safety, security and custodial services. ...
sues e-cigarette company, settles with others
Legal NewsLine, 2009-08-20
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against
a Florida-based "electronic cigarette" company over allegations
it targeted children with false health claims.
The lawsuit alleges Smoking Everywhere has marketed its e-cigarettes
as safe and harmless, although the company has not provided evidence
the products are safe, according to Kroger.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provides inhaled doses
of nicotine by delivering a vaporized liquid nicotine solution.
"It's my duty to protect the public from products that are falsely
advertised as safe," Kroger said. ...
AG, NY county move to block e-cigarette sales
WILLIAM MCCALL ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
The state of Oregon has gone to court to block the sale of electronic
cigarettes on the same day that a New York county banned their sale
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and Jon Cooper, majority leader
of the Suffolk County Legislature on Long Island, N.Y., said Tuesday
the lawsuit and the ban are both the first of their kind in the nation.
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices typically made out
of plastic designed to look like a traditional cigarette, including
a light that simulates its glow.
But instead of tobacco that burns and creates smoke, the "e-cigarettes"
use a heating element to vaporize water mixed with ingredients in a
disposable cartridge, which can include liquid nicotine. ...
company suspends sales in Oregon
Announcement on same day AG sues Fla. company for e-cig sales
KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8, 2009-08-18
ERIC ADAMS & DAVID KROUGH, Kgw.com Staff
An electronic cigarette manufacturer announced Tuesday it would voluntarily
stop selling its products in Oregon, the same day the state sued to
keep a Florida company's e-cigarettes off the shelves.
NJOY will temporarily suspend sales of its products in the state in
order to "facilitate discussions" with Oregon Attorney General
John Kroger, according to a press release from the company.
The announcement came on the same day Kroger had sued to block sales
of e-cigarettes by Smoking Everywhere, which made false health claims
about nicotine and targeted children with sweet flavors such as bubblegum
and chocolate, according to the state's lawsuit. ...
to go smoke free
The Oregonian, 2009-08-17
Portland Community College will go smoke-free next month.
Beginning Sept. 9, the state's largest higher education institution,
with more than 87,000 students a year, will ban all forms of tobacco
use on its three campuses, Southeast Portland education center and three
work force training centers.
"This was the right thing to do," said President Preston
Pulliams in a prepared statement. He said research findings on the risks
of exposure to secondhand smoke are "too compelling to not act."
ban, recession cut lottery's take
East Oregonian - Erin Mills - Aug 1, 2009
That's a $100 million drop. "We had been expecting a decline in
playing due to the smoking ban," said Oregon Lottery spokesman
Chuck Baumann. ...
smoking, concert seating changes made
NRToday.com - John Sowell - July 6, 2009
Smokers attending the Douglas County Fair next month will have to scope
out new places to light up as the fair bans smoking in the carnival
area, in the seating area at the concert amphitheater and in the grandstands
at the raceway. ...
Update: Oregon tavern owner is happy with smoking ban
Longview (WA) Daily News, 2009-06-29
Cheryll A. Borgaard
The smoking ban for Oregon bars, taverns and restaurants hasn't hurt
Juilene Wuollet's business at all in the six months the law has been
"Actually, business has improved very nicely, just like I expected
it would," said Wuollet, owner of Interstate Tavern in Rainier.
Wuollet, who has owned the business for 25 years, said since the smoking
ban Jan. 1, she's done some major clean-up to get rid of any signs of
the once smoke-filled tavern and restaurant.
"We put in brand new paint, deep-cleaned the carpet and tinted
the windows," she said Saturday.
Wuollet said her restaurant business has especially picked up. "The
food trade is phenomenal," she said. "I've increased the clientele
because (before the ban) they said they would come in and patronize
me, but couldn't stand the smoke. They'd see me on the street and apologize
to me for not coming in." ...
sales slide to record low in Oregon
Consumption has decreased, but 'there's still a lot of work to do,'
a health division spokeswoman says
The Oregonian, 2009-05-12
Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
A report released on Monday by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education
Program showed that cigarette sales have dropped to their lowest level
ever, falling from nearly 55 to almost 50 packs per capita in the fiscal
year ending June 2008.
"Over this last year, we've seen a decrease in consumption, so
that's exciting," said Cathryn Cushing, spokeswoman for the state
Public Health Division. "We've seen an increase in the number of
folks who've quit smoking, and that's exciting, too, but there's still
a lot of work to do."
The report is encouraging on the home front, with 89 percent of households
banning smoking, a 2 percent increase last year. ...
butts about it: New litter law could bite wallet
KTVZ - May 5, 2009
The Oregon House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban dropping cigarette
butts, and impose a fine to those who fail to obey.
Those who fail to follow the law Oregon could face a $90 fine or community
Some say while this law is good for the environment, there are other
issues that are more important.
Backers of the crackdown call it an environmental travesty, as cigarette
butts are thrown on the ground, polluting the environment. ...
banning smoking in cars carrying children passes House
The Register-Guard - April 9, 2009
SALEM Oregon could become the fifth state in the nation where
smoking in a car with children on board could result in a traffic ticket.
The House on Wednesday passed House Bill 2385, which creates the offense
of smoking in a motor vehicle with a person under age 17 also in the
vehicle. Those convicted a first time could be fined up to $90. Second-time
offenders could be fined up to $180, and someone cited a third time
could be hit with a fine of up to $360.
The bill passed on a largely partisan vote, 35-25, with most Democrats
backing it and most Republicans in opposition. Lane County representatives
followed party lines. ...
[Oregon] Housing Authority to adopt smoke-free policy for all its buildings
with thousands of units
3/13: According to a March 12th Portland Tribune article: A year ago,
Guardian Management, the largest manager of private apartments in Portland,
made its nearly 70 buildings containing about 6,000 apartments smoke-free.
Tenants cannot smoke in their apartments, and they cannot smoke in the
hallways. Last month, the Housing Authority of Portland began sending
out notices to tenants announcing all its buildings, containing more
than 6,200 apartments, will be going smoke-free. Tenants who need to
smoke will have to make their way outside buildings to designated smoking
areas, rain or shine. The housing authority's decision to go smokeless
puts Portland at the head of the national smoke-free housing movement.
No housing authority in a city the size of Portland has gone that route
yet, though national experts say they have no doubt many will. And experts
say more and more private apartment buildings are going to follow Guardian's
lead. The housing authority's new rules will take effect in August for
its public housing buildings, which serve people with little income,
and will be phased in more gradually for its affordable housing buildings,
which offer subsidized rent for tenants making less than the city's
median income. ... Colleen Hermann-Franzen, smoke-free housing manager
for the American Lung Association in Oregon, which lobbied for the smoking
ban, says a survey the association conducted of housing residents showed
almost half claimed secondhand smoke drifted into their apartments,
and 61 percent of residents said they favored their buildings going
smoke-free. "It's definitely a national trend," Hermann-Franzen
says. "What is great is that Guardian and the housing authority
listened to what their residents wanted." Hermann-Franzen calls
the move to smoke-free apartments, both in public and private housing,
"a natural transition." "When you think about it, people
used to smoke in airplanes," Hermann-Franzen says. "And now,
we look at it 20 years later and say, 'why did we allow that?' It didn't
protect people from secondhand smoke." Jim Bergman, co-director
of a nonprofit called the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project, of Ann
Arbor, Mich., says there has been a 600 percent increase during the
last four years in housing authorities nationwide adopting smoke-free
policies. "Within the next five years, smoke-free multi-unit housing
is going to be the norm," Bergman says. But it isn't health concerns
that are driving the private sector move to smoke-free apartments, Bergman
says. It's economics.
lawmakers consider smoking ban in cars
A proposed law would carry a $90 fine for the first offense and a $360
penalty the third time an adult is caught blowing smoke in a vehicle
with anyone younger than 17 in the front or back seat.
The proposed law got its first public hearing Friday as legislators,
physicians and public health officials agreed the state must protect
on workplace smoking in Oregon expands to bars and restaurants
The Oregonian, 2009-01-02
Peter Zuckerman, The Oregonian
A new law expands the state's workplace smoking ban to restaurants,
bars and almost everywhere else where people hold jobs indoors.
Smokers huddled outside bars and sometimes complained about the government
extinguishing their rights to light up inside, but they said the ban
that took effect Thursday could make it easier to quit.
"Not saying I will, but I might, and when I've tried, it's better
when you're not around it all the time," said Koalani Colvin, 36.
He held a Camel Light as he stood outside the Cheerful Tortoise in Southwest
Payback time for Big Tobacco
The cash-strapped Oregon GOP receives a $100,000 check
The Oregonian, 2008-11-03
Two years ago the nation's biggest cigarette makers showered Republican
lawmakers in Oregon with campaign money.
It was an unvarnished attempt to influence their votes on one of the
biggest issues of the 2007 Legislature, and sure enough, it worked.
Recipients of all that largesse blocked every attempt to pass a cigarette
tax that would have helped buy health insurance for needy children.
Now the cash-strapped Oregon Republican Party has been rewarded for
its loyalty. Tobacco giant Reynolds America recently gave $100,000 to
Promote Oregon, the House Republicans political action committee, plus
thousands more to GOP candidates in tough election contests.
It's cash that rewards past performance while helping Big Tobacco ensure
continued fealty in the 2009 Legislature when new calls for cigarette
taxes are sure to be heard.
This latest example of the pernicious influence of money in Salem is
no shocking revelation. Sadly, it's just the way things work . . .