Tobacco Prevention and Education
The Washington County Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) is dedicated to reducing tobacco-related illness and death in individuals who live, work, play and worship in Washington County. TPEP works in the community to provide information, education and outreach to support tobacco/smokefree environments and encourage quitting among adults and youth. TPEP also provides technical assistance for establishing tobacco/smokefree environments to communities and organizations that request it.
To protect residents and visitors from secondhand smoke exposure, Washington County TPEP works to create smoke- and tobacco-free environments. These areas include:
- Multi-unit housing
- Parks and outdoor areas
Tobacco Statistics in Washington County
- 499 people die from tobacco use each year, accounting for 18% of all deaths in this county
- $91 million is spent on medical care for tobacco-related illnesses each year
- $83 million in productivity is lost due to tobacco-related deaths each year
- 93% of adults report no-smoking rules in their home
Washington County Public Health conducts outreach, education and enforcement of the smokefree workplace law. If you would like more information about enforcement of the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act, please call 503-846-8722 or visit our Smokefree Workplace page.