Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
The TPEP team helps develop policies to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and help keep youth from starting to use tobacco. We work collaboratively with smoke-free schools, hospitals, community colleges, multi-unit housing, workplaces, and outdoor venues such as parks and festivals. The program focuses on:
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke by creating smoke-free environments.
- Decreasing youth access to and initiation of tobacco use, and
- Increasing access to cessation services.
Did you know..?
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke produced by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of smokers. Secondhand smoke contains a complex mixture of over 200 poisons, including more that 43 chemicals that are known cancer-causing agents. Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 800 deaths a year in Oregon.
If you have questions or need information about services and resources, please contact Clackamas County's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program coordinator at email@example.com
In the news... Estacada Tobacco-Free Parks: A Community Effort
Whenever Estacada resident Shirley Burke visited the Estacada Wade Creek Skate Park, she saw cigarette butts everywhere, visitors subjected to tobacco smoke, and park users spitting chew all over the family park. Sensing that she and other Estacadans also objected to the tarnishing of this beautiful environment, Shirley asked park users what they thought about having a tobacco-free park. Shirley found strong community support for tobacco-free parks, motivating her to move forward and do something.
Shirley gathered more than 80 signatures supporting tobacco-free parks and advocated in front of the Estacada City Council for “a kids right to not have to put up with the smoke and littering all over the family park.” The Estacada City Council took action by placing a survey with its customer’s water bills and found additional support for a tobacco-free parks policy. The decision was made by the Council to adopt City Ordinance 12.28.020, reducing the risk of second-hand smoke exposure and providing a healthier environment for park visitors. All Estacada City Parks have been tobacco-free since January 2014.
Smoke Free Cars for Kids. New law protects children from secondhand smoke.
The Oregon Legislature passed a law in late 2013 to decrease children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in the small, enclosed area of a car. Effective January 1, 2014, smoking in a motor vehicle with a person under the age of 18 present will be a secondary traffic violation.
Secondhand smoke is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Group A carcinogen and is shown to cause cancer in humans. According to the EPA, secondhand smoke in cars is especially harmful to children because of the small, confined space. Secondhand smoke levels are more concentrated, which is particularly damaging to developing lungs. Children in an estimated 50,000 Oregon families are currently exposed to secondhand smoke in motor vehicles, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Studies have found that rolling car windows down while smoking does not protect passengers from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. A 2006 Harvard School of Public Health study also found that secondhand smoke levels in vehicles exceeded hazardous levels on the EPA’s Air Quality Index even when windows were slightly or wide open.
Police officers may enforce this law only if they have already stopped the driver for a separate traffic violation or other offense. Individuals can be fined up to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for second or subsequent offenses of smoking with a minor present in the vehicle.
If you or anyone you know is ready to quit using tobacco, the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line can help: www.quitnow.net/Oregon. Feel free to contact Clackamas County Tobacco Prevention and Education Program Coordinator Scott France at 503-742-5340 with any questions.
Interested in quitting tobacco?
The Oregon Quit Line offers FREE personalized advice and support from a cessation specialist. Staff provide confidential services between 5 am to midnight every day. The Quit Line is provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.
Oregon Tobacco Quit Line
Spanish: 1-877-NO-FUME (1-877-266-3863)
Online resources to help you stop using tobacco:
- Oregon Quit Line
- American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Quitting
- American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking® Online
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevent: How to Quit
- Surgeon General’s Smoking Cessation Consumer Tools Kit
- Become An Ex-Smoker
Smoke-free workplaces information
The Oregon Smoke-free Workplace Law is designed to protect workers from secondhand smoke. Starting January 1, 2009, this law expanded protection to include employees working in bars, bowling alleys, and bingo halls.
Employees and the public can report violations by calling a toll-free number or completing an online complaint form. All complaints are investigated and violations pursued.
Learn about Oregon's Smokefree Workplace Law
- Complete the Complaint of Violation Form
- Call toll-free number: 1 (866) 621-6107 (your call may be anonymous)
Smoke-free multi-unit housing
The American Lung Association and the health departments of Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington Counties comprise the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area Smokefree Housing Project. The goal of this project is to reduce renters’ exposure to secondhand smoke by increasing the number of multi-unit properties that enforce no smoking policies.
To learn how to implement no smoking rules in multi-unit housing visit:
- Smokefreehousing Northwest
- Oregon's Smoke Free Housing Project
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Search for a smokefree apartment
Health Consequences of Tobacco
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General
- Oregon Air Monitoring Project