Tobacco Retail Environment
Tobacco use continues to remain the largest preventable cause of death in Oregon. In Washington County, more than one in six deaths are tobacco-related. Tobacco has taken a financial toll in Washington County as well, costing $103.9 million in tobacco-related medical care and $83.3 million in lost productivity in 2014 alone.
In June 2014, Washington County Public Health conducted an assessment of the local tobacco retail environment. The assessment provided a much needed picture of the retail environment in Washington County. This report illustrates the impact that the tobacco retail environment can have on those most at risk for negative health outcomes, such as youth and low-income groups. Findings will be used to guide future prevention and education interventions (policies, systems and environmental initiatives) that have been proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use, tobacco-related disease, health care costs, lost productivity and even death.
Starting January 1, 2018, the legal age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in Oregon is 21. Retailers and certified smoke shops that sell tobacco products or inhalant delivery systems are required to display a sign stating the prohibition of tobacco product or inhalant delivery system sales to persons younger than 21. Failure to post a sign stating this would be a Class A violation. For more information about the law and to obtain signs visit the Oregon Health Authority Retail Regulations website.