I urge lawmakers to use the $120 million available Tobacco MSA funds to invest in proven prevention strategies to improve Oregon's health and dedicate an additional $12 million to the state's tobacco prevention and education program
The smoking rate in Oregon has dropped significantly since the state began its Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
in 1996, according to a report from the state Department of Human Services.
The results of this report suggest that a comprehensive tobacco prevention and education program
also may reduce rates of lung and bronchus cancer.
It was the lowest number since the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
started keeping track in 1996, when annual sales of cigarettes was 92 packs per capita.
In 1997, OHD created Oregon's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
(TPEP), a comprehensive, community based program modeled on the successful tobacco-use prevention programs in California and Massachusetts (1,2).
Fully fund Oregon's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
In their desperation to avoid raising taxes in 2003, legislators suspended the state's Tobacco Prevention and Education program
and diverted its funds to other needs.