Officials Urge Tobacco Ban in Pharmacies

EUGENE, Ore. — Major retailers are getting the pressure to pull tobacco products off shelves and it could affect some right here in town. The Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, has joined more than two dozen attorneys general in the effort. They’re urging five of the country’s biggest pharmacy retailers to quit selling tobacco products. … Continue reading »

Oregon Considers E-Cigarette Tax

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s looking into whether it should tax electronic cigarettes. The state is one of 49 states where these e-cigarettes don’t fall under tobacco taxation laws. E-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, rather a liquid nicotine solution. According to the Oregon Department of Justice, while e-cigarettes are considered a safer alternative to conventional tobacco products, … Continue reading »

Oregon Worst for Tobacco Sales to Minors

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon leads the nation when it comes to selling tobacco to minors. This comes from a national study that monitors sales of tobacco to minors. The report comes from a congressional act aimed at decreasing access to tobacco for our youth called the Synar Amendment. Every year the Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading »

Smokers React to Proposed Tobacco Tax

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers are considering raising taxes on cigarettes by a dollar a pack–that would bump it up to $2.18. According to health advocates, raising taxes on tobacco products is an effective way to reduce tobacco use. Smokers aren’t convinced that raising taxes is the best way to get rid of tobacco use. … Continue reading »