Our Priority

The Shared Future Coalition focuses on preventing any form of tobacco use among adolescents. The human brain does not fully mature until the mid-twenties.1 Using tobacco before the brain is fully developed can interfere with the final stages of brain development.2 Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, primes the brain for dependence. Nicotine puts youth at risk of becoming lifelong smokers and can expose them to the many harmful chemicals in tobacco and tobacco products.3 Due to limited resources, the Shared Future Coalition prioritizes the prevention of tobacco use among people under the age of 21 in order to foster healthy brain development that can have positive impacts on their health and wellbeing far into the future.

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.4,5,6  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.

Supporting Data

  • 90% of adult smokers began smoking by the time they were 18 years of age.7 (Figure 1)
  • 24% of Deschutes County 8th and 11th graders believe there is “no risk” or “slight risk” of harming themselves if they smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day.8 (Not Shown)
  • From 2012-2018, use of all tobacco products by Deschutes County 11th graders was higher than their peers across the state.9 (Figure 3)
  • In 2019, there were 8,340 Oregonians with a serious illness caused by tobacco.10 (Figure 4)
  • One in two tobacco retailers assessed in Deschutes County advertised tobacco or e-cigarettes outside the store.11 (Figure 5)
  • The percentage of 11th graders who report smoking cigarettes decreased from 20.1% in 2012 to 7.3% in 2018.12 (Figure 5)
  • Multiple organizations in Deschutes County are voluntarily adopting 100% smoke, vapor, and tobacco free campuses. (Figure 6)
  • On August 9, 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 754 into law. This law raised the required minimum age for a person to legally buy or obtain tobacco products, inhalant delivery systems, and tobacco product devices, from 18 to 21.13 (Figure 7)

Our Solutions

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

The Shared Future Coalition recognizes that the negative impacts of tobacco use are not the same for all people in Deschutes County. The Shared Future Coalition strives to meet the needs of those who are at greatest risk of using tobacco, as well as the needs of people who are experiencing higher levels of negative impact from tobacco use. Young people under the age of 25 and other vulnerable populations are particularly susceptible to the effects of tobacco use, as noted in our position statement.

Example Projects

Vaping Cessation Materials

  • High school students in Bend, as part of the Teen Community Health Advocates, designed and printed vaping cessation resource cards and stickers to distribute among the Bend-LaPine high schools.

“UpShift” program in Bend-La Pine Schools and Sisters School District

  • All students who violate school district tobacco use policies have access to individualized services designed to stop the progression of tobacco use and other substance misuse
  • Services offered have been shown to be effective in research studies

Connect Workshop for Parents

  • FREE, two-hour workshop for parents and guardians in Deschutes County to learn factual, unbiased information and skills to start conversations with their kids about tobacco or other drug use

Tobacco and Alcohol Retail Assessments

  • In 2018, assessments of local retailers were collected for a statewide assessment of tobacco and alcohol pricing, advertising, and product placement

Taking Action

  • Community mobilization to engage local decision-makers on harms of inhalant delivery devices
    (e-cigarettes)
  • Advocacy for protecting the Indoor Clean Air Act from threats posed by allowing any kind of smoking indoors

Infographics

Cause for Concern Figures

Cause for Hope Figures

References
  1. Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda. (2019). The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25201
  2. Hiller-Sturmhofel, S., & Swartzwelder, H. S. (n.d.). NIAAA Publications. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Publications. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh284/213-221.htm
  3. Astor, R. L., Urman, R., Barrington-Trimis, J. L., Berhane, K., Steinberg, J., Cousineau, M., Leventhal, A. M., Unger, J. B., Cruz, T., Pentz, M. A., Samet, J. M., & McConnell, R. (2019). Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use. Pediatrics, 143(2), e20173536. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-3536
  4. 2014 Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. (2014). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services : Public Health Service : Office of the Surgeon General. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/index.htm
  5. Office of the Surgeon General. (2010). A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You. Department of Health and Human Services. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2010/consumer_booklet/pdfs/consumer.pdf
  6. National Toxicology Program. (2016). 14th Report on Carcinogens. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/whatwestudy/assessments/cancer/roc/index.html?utm_source=
    direct&utm_medium=prod&utm_campaign=ntpgolinks&utm_term=roc14
  7. 2012 Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. (2012). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services : Public Health Service : Office of the Surgeon General. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2012/index.htm
  8. Oregon Health Authority. (2018). Student Wellness Survey. Health Surveys : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 3, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/SURVEYS/Pages/Student-Wellness-Survey.aspx
  9. Oregon Health Authority. (2012-2018). Student Wellness Survey. Health Surveys : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 3, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/SURVEYS/Pages/Student-Wellness-Survey.aspx
  10. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention. (2019). Oregon Health Authority : County Fact Sheets : Tobacco Prevention : State of Oregon. Deschutes County Fact Sheet : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/preventionwellness/tobaccoprevention/pages
    /countyfacts.aspx
  11. Tobacco Prevention, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention. (2019). Oregon Health Authority : County Fact Sheets : Tobacco Prevention : State of Oregon. Deschutes County Fact Sheet : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/preventionwellness/tobaccoprevention/pages
    /countyfacts.aspx
  12. Oregon Health Authority. (2012-2018). Student Wellness Survey. Health Surveys : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 3, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/BIRTHDEATHCERTIFICATES/SURVEYS/Pages/Student-Wellness-Survey.aspx
  13. Tobacco Prevention, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention. (2017). Oregon Health Authority : Tobacco Retail Sales : Tobacco Prevention : State of Oregon. Tobacco Retail Sales : Oregon Health Authority. Retrieved November 8, 2021, from https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/TOBACCO
    PREVENTION/Pages/retailcompliance.aspx

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