Tobacco

Our Position

We discourage the use of any products containing nicotine including cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, cigarillos/little cigars, large cigars, hookahs, chew, snus, snuff, dissolvable tobacco, e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-cigars, vape pens, and mods. There is no safe level of second-hand smoke exposure.1 We respect, however, the ceremonial use of tobacco. We recognize that policy, systems, and environmental strategies have proven to effectively reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among youth.

Our Solutions

Our high level goal is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use.

Examples of work:

  • Public Awareness campaign countering the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics.
  • Assessment of tobacco retail environments regarding product placement, advertising and sales to minors.
  • Assess decision-maker readiness for tobacco prevention policies.
  • Educate and engage community partners to advocate for tobacco prevention policies.

Supporting Data

Cause for Hope:

  • The percentage of 11th graders smoking cigarettes decreased from 27% in 2005 to 11% in 2016.2
  • In 2016, the City of Bend was the first city in Oregon to pass a proclamation to support the State’s efforts to increase the purchasing age of tobacco from 18 to 21.
  • Multiple organizations in Deschutes County are voluntarily adopting 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco free campuses.3

Cause for Concern:

  • 90% of adult smokers begin smoking by the time they are 18 years of age.4
  • The use of e-cigarettes among youth is growing at alarming rates; youth are exposed to aggressive e-cigarette marketing tactics which are similar to those proven to lead to youth cigarette smoking.5
  • Twice as many 11th graders in Deschutes County are using non-cigarette tobacco products compared to cigarettes.6
  • From 2011-2015, use of almost all tobacco products by Deschutes County 11th graders’ was higher than their peers across the state.7
  • In 2013, there were 4,930 people living in Deschutes County who reported having a serious illness caused by tobacco.8
  • Electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes, e-hookah, vape pens, and mods are perceived as less harmful than conventional cigarettes.9

Deschutes County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator

Whitney Schumacher, MPH
Drug Free Communities Project Director
1130 NW Harriman, Suite A
P.O. Box 6005
Bend, OR. 97703-6005
Phone: (541) 322-7481
Email:whitney.schumacher@deschutes.org

References

1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010. National Toxicology Program. Report on Carcinogens, Fourteenth Edition. Research Triangle Park (NC): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2016.

22016 Oregon Student Wellness Survey, Deschutes County.

3Deschutes County, Deschutes Public Library, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Bend LaPine School District, Redmond School District, Sisters School District.

4U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2012.

5Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Key Facts. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2015.

6Oregon Health Authority. County Tobacco Fact Sheets—2014. Portland: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section.

7Oregon Health Authority. Deschutes County Data, Oregon Healthy Teens Survey—2005-2015. Portland: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section

8Oregon Health Authority. County Tobacco Fact Sheets—2014. Portland: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section.

9U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2016.

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