Oregon joins HI, CA, NJ, & ME

This week, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 754 into law. In a surprise move, Oregon went from being poised as the 3rd state to raise the age to the 5th, behind New Jersey and Maine. Regardless, this is a huge step forward in protecting Oregon youth from the dangers of tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

We thank all the public health advocates, legislators, and additional organizations for their support. Thanks to Oregon’s strength during this legislative session, other state efforts moved forward to increase their tobacco sales age. The effective date for the law is January 1, 2018.

Similar to Maine’s new law, Oregon law will not criminalize those under the age of 21 for being in possession of tobacco products. Eliminating MIP/PUP language concentrates enforcement and compliance activities on the source of tobacco rather than the youth purchasing. This is an enforcement method that has seen success with the implementation of Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) and consistent compliance checks.

From a health equity standpoint, this change in statute also helps to protect minority populations. See our Enforcement Memo for more details.

Check out the article from the Oregonian to see a local perspective.

 

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Legislators in Maryland are considering T21 after getting a failing grade from the American Lung Association for its efforts to increase the purchase age to 21.

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Legislators in Maryland are considering T21 after getting a failing grade from the American Lung Association for its efforts to increase the purchase age to 21. 

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Senator Fred S. Martin in Idaho wrote a nice piece in the Idaho Press-Tribune on why he's supportING T21 in Idaho!

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Whoever is angry face emoji (most unmanly thing, just tell me you don't like my opinion and why) I don't think anyone should smoke. I smoked for 17 years until I quit. The smell diusgust me. But let's be perfectly honest. If government feels it's ok to send my 18 year old child to fight and possibly die and be responsible for multi million dollar equipment, but think 18 is too young to smoke. Obviously the bigger issue is the govt thinks fighting in a war is safer than cigarettes. That's what you should be piss ed about

If that is your take I understand but why did they raise the legal age to 21 for alcohol? Think about it. The developing brain grows way into the early twenties. Protecting the health of our youth is important to most people. Protecting our country is a complete different issue.