Tobacco-Free Environments

Washington County TPEP focuses on tobacco-related chronic disease prevention and promoting tobacco-free environments in a variety of areas.

WorksitesTobacco-Free Environments

Washington County TPEP provides tools and resources to assist employers in creating policies, systems, and environments that support tobacco-free worksites and promoting cessation.

Oregon's Indoor Clean Air Act protects workers and the public from secondhand smoke. The law prohibits smoking inside and within ten feet of entrances/exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes. Report a violation of the law by submitting a complaint, which can be made anonymously. Learn more about Oregon's Smokefree Workplace Law.

If you would like more information about enforcement of the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act, please call 503-846-8722.

Multi-Unit Housing

Washington County TPEP assists multi-unit housing property owners and managers with the adoption and promotion of no-smoking rules both indoors and outdoors. More than 75% of all Washington County multi-unit housing properties have some type of no-smoking rule currently in place. 

Parks and Outdoor Areas

Many parks and outdoor areas in Washington County have policies that eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, but the majority still remains unprotected.

Washington County TPEP provides technical assistance in policy development and adoption for organizations and entities looking to adopt tobacco-free and smokefree policies for outdoor areas.

For assistance or more information, please contact Gwyn Ashcom at 503-846-4544.

Community Successes

Tobacco use is expensive and remains the number one cause of preventable death worldwide, nationwide and in Oregon. In Washington County alone, 57,000 adults are still smoking cigarettes. Washington County Department of Health and Human Services would like to commend the following local jurisdictions for their efforts in developing policies that improve the health and quality of life for all people who live, work, learn and play in the county. 

The following cities/districts have adopted 100% tobacco-free city ordinances or rules that also include electronic smoking devices: