Klamath County Public Health-

Health Promotion - Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP)

  • Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death.
  • Tobacco use contributes to over 7,000 deaths in Oregon each year and costs $2.5 billion in medical spending due to lost productivity and early death.
  • Tobacco-related deaths are almost always due to one of three causes: cardiovascular diseases, cancers and respiratory disease.
  • The tobacco industry spends more than $111 million a year on marketing in Oregon retail establishments.

Oregon's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) was launched in 1997 with a clear and simple mandate — to reduce tobacco-related illness and death. In Klamath County, the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program works with several community partners to prevent and reduce tobacco-related deaths in our community. TPEP has four main goals and uses several evidenced-based strategies to reach those goals.

TPEP’s four goals for making Oregon communities safer and healthier:
1.   Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
2.   Prevent youth from initiating tobacco use
3.   Identify and eliminate tobacco related disparities in all populations
4.   Help smokers quit

TPEP supports proven strategies to reduce tobacco use, including:
• Promoting smoke-free environments
• Improving access to affordable and effective cessation services
• Warning of tobacco’s dangers
• Reducing youth exposure to tobacco marketing

 

Cessation

Want to quit smoking?
Quitting smoking has immediate benefits. 
You are not alone.  For smokers—especially the 73 percent who want to quit—there’s never been a better time to kick the habit. There are many ways to quit tobacco that are proven to help smokers quit for good. The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line provides telephone counseling as well as access to other resources.  Please call:

1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
or
In espanol: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)
TTY: 1-877-777-6534
www.quitnow.net/oregon
www.quitnow.net/oregonsp

For more information on in-person cessation classes, contact Valerie Franklin at 541-274-7252

Businesses must post signs noting that smoking is prohibited.

As of January 1, 2010 landlords, as part of their rental agreement, are required to disclose their smoking policy. 

A survey of Oregon renters conducted in July 2008 found that 70% of Oregon renters say they would choose a smoke-free rental.

Laws

Smoke-free Workplace Law
This law covers all places of employment, as well as 75% of hotel/motel rooms.  Every Oregon Business must maintain a 10-foot smoke-free zone around doors, windows, and ventilation intakes.  Business’s must post signs noting that smoking is prohibited. The new restrictions went into effect January 1, 2009. 

For more information click Here.

Smoke-Free Housing
As of January 1, 2010 landlords, as part of their rental agreement, are required disclose their smoking policy. 

A survey of Oregon renters conducted July 2008 found that 70% of Oregon renters say they would choose a smoke-free rental. This includes 38% of smokers who agree.

For more information: http://www.smokefreehousinginfo.com

File a Complaint

Klamath County residents can help ensure a healthier community by reporting violations  
If you have a violation to report, please call 1-866-621-6107 or complete an online complaint form Here.

Program Contact
Calysta McCool
cmccool@klamathcounty.org