Cutting Back On Teen Tobacco Use

Aug 29, 2014

Those occasional "stings" in which teens attempt to buy cigarettes stung Oregon a lot in recent years. 

Because the attempts led to real tobacco purchases in more than 20 percent of the cases just a couple of years ago. 

That made Oregon one of the easiest places in the country for kids to buy a pack of smokes. 

Oregon Beaches May Ban Smoking

Aug 7, 2014
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The fresh salt air.  The sound of the waves crashing on the shore.  The smell of cigarette smoke. 

Two of those will continue at Oregon ocean beaches, and it's probably not the smoke. 

The Oregon State Parks Department proposes ending all smoking on Parks property along the ocean... which is almost all of Oregon's coastline. 

This follows new smoking restrictions in inland state parks. 

Kicking An Old Habit In The New Year

Jan 7, 2014
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Even the people who resist making New Year's resolutions may be inclined to think in terms of "turning a page" into a new year, and changing some long-established habits. 

Smoking is a popular item for the top of that list. 

Major Problems With Minor Smokers In Oregon

Nov 25, 2013

Young people are smoking cigarettes less in the United States and in Oregon, but Oregon has a particular issue to address: it ranks among the worst states in selling tobacco products to minors. 

And Lane County ranks high among the counties in cases of minors buying cigarettes in stores.