Lane County, the home of the University of Oregon, became the first city in Oregon to pass a tobacco 21 ordinance. The ordinance covers all areas in the county, both incorporated and unincorporated, as an act of the Board of Health. The effort was originally started by Commissioner Jay Bozievich, who has been a driving force behind Lane County’s effort as well as a supporter of the statewide effort to raise the minimum legal sales age (MLSA) to 21.

Unfortunately, Commissioner Bozievich voted “no” for the new ordinance, as it did not include a clause to grandfather current 18 year olds already smoking into the new law, allowing them to continue to buy tobacco products. While his intent behind grandfathering was well-meaning, to aid those already addicted, there are ways to reach this same goal without continuing the supply line of tobacco products into high schools. Offering FDA approved cessation services through the county health department, using the quit line, and writing a 6-8 month implementation date lead-up are only a few of the ways to assist those already addicted toward quitting tobacco products completely.

We thank Commissioner Bozievich, Lane County Board of Health, and the Lane County Health & Human Services for their action to protect children from a lifetime of addiction in Oregon.

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ALRIGHT I GOT THE FLOOR!!! I honestly HATE the idea that adults over the age of say 25 have to have their teenage bosses ok an alcohol or tobacco purchase for someone who is clearly older and in some cases MUCH OLDER THAN the individual buying it!! AND, our 18 year old sons and daughters can voluntarily go to war and DIE FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY, BUT CAN'T BUY ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO??!! How extremely messed up THAT is!! Oh, WAIT, there's this... WE ARE GIVING 16 YEAR OLDS A LICENCE TO DRIVE A MOTORIZED VEHICLE THAT WEIGHS IN AT LEAST TWO TONS AND SETS THEM LOOSE ON SOCIETY???!!!! If anyone doesn't find ANY fault in ANY of this, then the USA is far more doomed than I thought, SMFH!!