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Oregon's workplaces, restaurants and bars are smokefree.

Oregon has a strong statewide law in place providing 100% smokefree indoor air in workplaces, restaurants and bars. The law also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes of workplaces or public places. When it took effect in January 2009, the law also restored local control and Oregon communities are once again allowed to enact local smokefree laws.

Limited exemptions to the workplace law include qualifying smoke shops, cigar bars and up to 25% of hotel or motel rooms.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Oregon.

2014 State Legislative Session: 2/3/2014 - 3/8/2014 (Est.)

State Law Compliance Complaints: Fill out an online form.

OREGON TOBACCO QUIT LINE
1-877-270-STOP
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TTY: 1-877-777-6534
www.oregonquitline.org

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Oregon Editorial Rdp
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, ...

No 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 ...

No 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 ...

Oregon 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.

Seaside 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 ...

Rapid 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.

Craig 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.

Oregon 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 ...

EDITORIAL: Regulate e-cigarettes
Eugene Register-Guard - July 24, 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, including Lane County, should fill the regulatory void with bans on the sale and marketing

County 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 ...

County 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; ...

Parks 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 tobacco-free environment.

Smoking 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 parking lot.

Noted 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.”.

Elizabeth 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.

Council 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 ...

Wildhorse 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.

Brownsville 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.

E-cigarettes 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 ...

Hillsboro 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 Field....

City 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Medford 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 minors.

City 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 policy.

Oregon 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.

TriMet 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 ...

Coos 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 Mingus Park.

Ban 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.

Hillsboro 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 ...

Public 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 ...

Hillsboro 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 ...

Smoking 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.

Downtown 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.

City 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.

Cigarette 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.

Hillsboro 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 ...

City 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.

Forest 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, and ...

Hot 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.

Bend's 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 ...

Sen. 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 ...

Southwest 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 smoking bans.

E-Cigarettes 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 ...

City 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 ...

Smoking 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 ..

E-cigarettes 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 ...

Forest 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.

Does 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 ...

The 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

Lane County Health & Human Services is recruiting for a Sr. Community Health Analyst
Opens June 7th and closes June 23rd @ 5:00 pm PST

Takeaways 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.

Smoking 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 ...

Seventh 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.

Letters: 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.

Letters: 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.

Smokers 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.

Smokers 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 ...

Portland 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.

How 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.

Will 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 ...

'Wild 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 ...

Portland 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 ...

OHSU: 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.

Smoking 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, ...

Candidates 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 ...

Traffic 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 ...

Community 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. ...

Weed 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 ...

Smoking 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.

Forest 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 ...

Trying 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 the ...

Letter: 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 ...

Forest 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 ...

Medford 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 …

Davis 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 ...

Smoking 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, ...

Health 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 ...

Smoking 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, the ...

Medical 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 ...

Blowing Vapor
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 ...

Pacific 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.

Pacific 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 ...

This 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 ...

Oregon 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.

The 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 ...

Library 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 ...

Marijuana 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 ...

Which 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 state’s indoor smoking ban. E-cigarettes look similar to regular cigarettes but use a battery-powered heating element to vaporize a scented liquid …

Fire 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 said.

Local 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 ...

Leo's 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.

Smoking 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 parks.

House 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 ...

Forest 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 ...

Thomson 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....

Letter: 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....

Ore. 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 session.

Oregon 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 ...

Oregon 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.

Treat '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.

Smoking 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 ...

Outdoor 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.

Nitzkin 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…Banning e-cigarettes in no-smoking ...

Statesman 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 ...

Register-Guard: 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.

Two 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.

County 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 ...

Oregon 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 ...

Doctor 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.

Tobacco 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.

County 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.

Statesman 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.

Some 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.

Oregon 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.

School 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.

Legislative 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.

Council 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 tobacco use.
Sjothun said the proposed ordinance in Medford could include electronic cigarettes, which emit a vapor that has a slight smell compared to cigarettes.

Medford 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.

Oregon 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, ...

Corvallis regulates e-cigarettes
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.

Should 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.

Opinion: 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.

Tualatin 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 ...

Statesman 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. ...

RAPID 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, Salem

E-cigarettes: 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.

State 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 ...

Letter: 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 ...

Tualatin 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 ...

Medford 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 ...

One 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. ...

Opine 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 ...

City 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.

Oregon 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.

New 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 Agency ...

Oregon 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 ...

Hempstalk 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 ...

Smoking 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 state parks...

E-cigarettes 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 ...

Editorial: 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.

WYNNE: Oregon Passes a Smoke-Free Car Law, and Now I Want to Move There Even More
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.

Ore. 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.

Editorial: 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.

Corvallis 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 ...

Smokers 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.

Editorial: 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 ...

Smoking 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 Parks Department.

Smoke-free 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.

Oregon 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 ...

Campus 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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.

New 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 ...

Should 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 area.

Mills: 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.

E-cigarettes 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.

Smokers 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.

Tualatin 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.

Student 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 ...

County 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, ...

Oregon 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 brought ...

Oregon 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 ...

City 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 ...

Tualatin 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.

Oregon's 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 ...

Oregon 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 free campus.

Beaverton 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 Fong/The ...

Beaverton 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 ...

County 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.

New 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 ...

Joseph 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.

Counties 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.

Oregon 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 ...

National 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 ...

Susan 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.

Legislating good sense
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.

OSU 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 ...

Smoking 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. ...

Ore. 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 with kids.
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.

Ban 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.

Corvallis 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.

How's 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.

Oregon 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." ...

Should '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.

Fairgrounds 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 ...

City 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.

Cogen 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.

UO 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. …

Oregon 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. …

Commentary: 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, ...

House 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 don’t know how you address tobacco addiction unless you have money in public health to provide services,” said Rep. Caddy McKeown, D-Coos Bay. …

Umatilla 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. …

Fair 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 ...

Bill 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.

Oregon 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.

County 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.

Smoke-free by 2016
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 PSU’s 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 anti-smoking policies.

PSU 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 ...

Smoking 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 State ...

PSU 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. …

Umatilla 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. …

Elizabeth 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. …

Smoking 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 ...

Tomei 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. …

Smoking ban proposed for drivers with kids
kgw.com - February 20, 2013

State Senator who’s 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 you’d have to first be pulled over for something else like speeding. …

Smoke a Cigarette, Go To Jail: That's The Plan One Oregon Lawmaker Is Cooking Up
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.

Company 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 ...

Oregon 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.

Editorial: Laws restricting smoking make a matchless blessing ($$)
NRToday.com - January 6, 2013

…The City Council last month agreed to restrict smoking in each of Winston’s three parks. …

Tobacco 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 ...

State 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 ...

Oregon 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. …

National 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 health organizations. … 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. …

Smoking and state lottery earnings
Oregon Catalyst - December 4, 2012

I was recently doing some research into the State of Oregon’s 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 state’s 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 dramatically. …

Clatsop 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. …

Campus 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 University’s 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 OSU’s new smoke-free policy took effect in September. …

Nicotine 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. “I’ve worked on tobacco control for eight years,” said Paula Staight, advisor to the Student Health Advisory Committee. “This didn’t just happen overnight. This took years (of) polling students (and) making policy.” …

Advocates 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 …

City 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

University 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 by the

EDITORIAL: 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 seems. …

Smoking ban debate reignites
Eugene (OR) Register-Guard – September 30, 2012

Leeanne Bale didn’t 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. …

Pricey 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 ...

OSU 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 ...

Smoking 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. …

Lane 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. …

Lane 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.

UO 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. …

Smoking 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 ...

Implementation 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 University’s campus-wide smoking ban. …

Wood 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.

Portland 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. …

County 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 tobacco-free. …

Oregon's 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 buildings. …

Kitzhaber 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. …

State 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 ...

PSU 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. ….

Portland 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 week. …

Deschutes 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 county’s goal is to better understand resident and visitor tobacco and smoke-free preferences for future policy-making consideration …

Don't 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, ...

Letter: 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 ...

Oregon 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. …

Smoking 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 is not.
Albany Councilman Floyd Collins told the city council Monday that the joint Albany-Millersburg committee managing the area had made that decision in March. … 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 ...

County 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 it’s written in such a way as to apply to volunteers, interns, clients, visitors and vendors on county property as well. …

City 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 ...

County 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.

Ore. curbs smoking among substance abusers
UPI, 2011-12-26

The state of Oregon is fighting tobacco use among people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders, officials say. ...

Cigarette 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. ...

Whatever 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 ...

No 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 ...

Rainier 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. ...

Smoking ban expanded at county’s 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 county’s sprawling, woodsy Behavioral Health Services complex at 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Eugene. ...

Oregon 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. ...

Salem 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 ...

Ore. 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. ...

City 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 ...

Ore. 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 ...

Clark 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 ...

COCC 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. ...

Bend 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 ...

Salem 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 ...

Banning 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 ...

Hookah bar slips through legislative loophole
A bill in the Legislature would prevent new smoking lounges from opening
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. ...

Ore. 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. ...

House 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 ...

Clark 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. ...

Oregonians 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 ...

UO 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. ...

Indoor Clean Air Act Compliance Study (PDF)
Oregon Department of Human Services, 2010-11-11
Prepared by the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program

Executive summary

Oregon’s amended Indoor Clean Air Act, also referred to as Oregon’s 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. ...

Roseburg 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 1st. ...

City 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 areas.

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. ...

Roseburg 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, Roseburg’s Parks & Recreation Commission voted to pursue the idea of a total tobacco ban.

The rule isn’t part of city park code yet. The ban’s language needs to be written by city staff, then the city’s Parks & Rec. Commission needs to pass it, followed by a passing vote from Roseburg City Council.

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 Smoke Free?
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 completely.

"Everybody is affected negatively be second-hand smoke, and everyone should have the right to breath clean air," said Amelie Rousseau, ASUO President.

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 ...

Salem 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 a cigarette.

"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 yet,he said.

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." ...

HACSA to 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. ...

Oregon 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. …

South 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 difficult." ...

Roseburg 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. ...

Roseburg 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. ...

More 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. ...

Coos 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 Park.

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. ...

Douglas 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 ...

Mingus 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. ...

City 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?" ...

Park 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. ...

Coos 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. ...

No-Smoking Ordinance 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 weeks.

"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. ...

Smokefree 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 respondents—65 percent—claimed 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 Oregon’s Department of Human Services, which was the major proponent of last year’s smoking ban. ...

RCC considers new smoking regulations
KDRV ABC 12 (Medford, OR), 2010-02-16
KDRV Staff

MEDFORD, Ore. - Rogue Community College is considering becoming a smoke free campus.

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. ...

Eugene 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. ...

VIDEO: Councilors Set To Vote On Smoking Ban Amendment
KEZI-TV (Eugene, OR), 2010-02-08
Paris Jackson

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 ordinance.

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 change.

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. ...

CB 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 influences.

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." ...

Public To Weigh In On Proposed Amendment to Smoking Ban
KEZI-TV (Eugene, OR), 2010-01-19
Gia Vang

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. ...

Mount 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 ...

Clearing the air
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. ...

Oregon 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.

Clearing the air
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 school teacher.

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. ...

Clearing the air on lottery revenue
OregonLive.com - November 3, 2009
Ty Gluckman

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. ...

Agencies ban smoking
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. ...

Cigarette 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 said.
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. ...

Smoking 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 law. ...

Hillsboro 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. ...

Lung 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 sputtered out.

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." ...

Ban 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 of wisdom.

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. ...

Roseburg-area 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. ...

Kroger sues e-cigarette company, settles with others
Legal NewsLine, 2009-08-20
ASHLEY STINNETT

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. ...

Ore. AG, NY county move to block e-cigarette sales
AP, 2009-08-18
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 to minors.

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. ...

E-cigarette 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.

SmokingEverywhere.com

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. ...

PCC 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." ...

Smoking 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. ...

Fair 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. ...

Monday 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 in0 effect.

"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." ...

Cigarette 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. ...

No 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 service.

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. ...

Bill 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. ...

Portland [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.

Oregon lawmakers consider smoking ban in cars
AP, 2009-01-31

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 children's health.

Ban 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 Portland.

EDITORIAL: 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 . . .

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