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 »

Smokers Use E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking

MEDFORD, Ore. — Nancy Lowe was a long-time smoker. And when you smoke for 30 years, she says it’s tough to stop. She says she tried a patch, a prescription and even tried going cold turkey. She says none of that worked. “There are so many different things that you are addicted to. It’s not … Continue reading »

Corvallis Passes E-Cigarette Ordinance

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Some new rules are now in place in Corvallis, when it comes to e-cigarettes. City councilors passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, and it makes it illegal to smoke e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is already banned. That includes indoor workplaces and public … Continue reading »

New Driving Laws for 2014

EUGENE, Ore. — Once the new year rings in, there will be some new driving laws Oregonians will have to follow. Starting Jan. 1, to encourage Oregonians to keep both hands on the wheel, the fine for driving while using a cell phone will increase from $250 to a maximum of $500. And for the … Continue reading »

Doctors Warn of Third-Hand Smoke Dangers

(CNN) — We know smoking can harm us. And if we live with a smoker, that second hand smoke we inhale can affect us as well. “Second-hand smoke is when somebody smokes in the presence of other people and they inhale that smoke. That causes all kinds of problems such as lung cancer, such as … 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 »

Light Up and Pay Up in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. — If smokers now light up their cigarettes in certain areas of Corvallis, they are facing up to a $500 fine depending on the number of offenses they already have. For years, non-smokers have been complaining about breathing in second-hand smoke in downtown areas, and the Corvallis City Council has been listening. Effective … Continue reading »

Bill Bans Smoking in Cars with Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — Smokers in Oregon could get a $250 ticket if they light that cigarette up with their kids in the back seat. The House passed a bill allowing officers to ticket smokers, but they must be pulled over for another offense. Lane County Public Health administrators say this law will help protect children … Continue reading »

Group Prevents Smoking During Pregnancy

EUGENE, Ore. — A local health care group is pushing to get women to stop smoking during pregnancy. Trillium Community Health Plan invested $180,000 to start a prevention initiative to cut down on the number of pregnant women smoking during pregnancy, and they’re offering monetary incentives to women who quit. To do this, the health … 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 »

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