Tackling Tobacco Trends

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Smoking trends from the past few years show many Americans are choosing to quit, but health officials say that’s not enough. They’re still pushing for a tobacco-free society. “I was diagnoses with COPD, and I immediately started in pulmonary rehab,” said former smoker Carol Brittingham Clay. Clay smoked cigarettes on and off … Continue reading »

UO Bans Recreational Marijuana on Campus

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon became one of the latest U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana when voters passed Measure 91. And even though it becomes legal in July 2015, the University of Oregon recently told students to leave the green at home. “This is a public establishment. This is a public university,” said students Bram … Continue reading »

Medford Prepares to Enforce Smoking Ban

MEDFORD, Ore. — The city of Medford and Medford Police are still working out how to enforce the city’s new park smoking ban. Medford’s city council unanimously approved the ban to make city-owned properties smoke and tobacco free. The city is making plans to install signs and decals to make the public aware of the … Continue reading »

Hot Weather Prompts Fire Ban

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The recent hot weather has increased the fire danger and the Douglas County Forest Protective Association is limiting the use of flammable materials in the area. Starting at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, smoking and the use of fireworks will be prohibited in wildland areas. Campfires and charcoal fires will be … Continue reading »

Smoking Ban Debate Begins

EUGENE, Ore. — The debate has begun over eliminating smoking at all public parks and county buildings. Lane County Health and Human Services opened the policy discussions at a town hall meeting Wednesday night. About a dozen people showed up for the meeting. The health department first gave information about the dangers and cost of … Continue reading »

County Parks Could Go Tobacco-Free

EUGENE, Ore. — A public health discussion about stomping out cigarettes at all Lane County parks and buildings gets under way Wednesday night. Health and human services staff say they already received a lot of feedback from both sides of the issue. When we spoke with park visitors Tuesday, many wondered how the county would … Continue reading »

Smoking Banned Inside Autzen

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon is one of several Oregon schools going smoke-free. The policy goes into effect just in time for game day. Previously fans were able to smoke on the concourses and in open areas outside of the seating bowl. While many smokers protested being forced out, starting September 1, smoking … Continue reading »

Public Forum on OSU Smoking Ban

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University in Corvallis will be smoke free starting September 1st, and a public forum will be held Wednesday night to inform the community about the new policy. The forum is tonight from 6:00 pm to 7:00 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Starting the first of next month, smoking will … Continue reading »