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 for smoke-free schools, hospitals, community colleges, multi-unit housing, workplaces, and outdoor venues such as parks and festivals. The TPEP at Clackamas County Public Health is supported by grant funds from the Oregon State Tobacco Prevention & Education Program (Oregon TPEP). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
- 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