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 Healthy, happy peoplerequest it. 

For more information, please contact Gwyn Ashcom at 503-846-4544. For information on quitting tobacco, visit our I Want to Quit page.

To protect residents and visitors from secondhand smoke exposure, Washington County TPEP works to create smoke- and tobacco-free environments. These areas include:

  • Worksites
  • Multi-unit housing
  • Parks and outdoor areas  

Tobacco Statistics in Washington County

  • 527 people die annually from tobacco use, accounting for 17% of all deaths in this county.
  • $103.9 million is spent on medical care for tobacco-related illnesses each year.
  • $83.3 million in productivity is lost due to tobacco-related deaths each year.
  • In 2012, the tobacco industry spent $112 million promoting tobacco products in Oregon stores.

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.

Visit the Oregon Health Authority Public Health division's website to learn more about Oregon Tobacco Laws and Policies.