Tobacco Prevention & Education Program (TPEP)
Summary of Program
Lincoln County's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program strives to make Lincoln County a healthier community by
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke
- Preventing youth from starting to smoke or vape
- Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities in all populations**
- Helping current smokers to quit.
2023 Lincoln County Tobacco Needs Assessment Survey
Everyone who lives and/or works in Lincoln County is invited to complete this important survey about tobacco/nicotine use. The survey now open. You can fill it out through Sunday, April 30, 2023. The survey will be closed May 1, 2023.
If you need assistance with completing the survey, please contact Sara Herd at 541-265-0595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back here for outreach event dates and locations throughout the month of April. We are in the process of planning for different locations across the County to provide any needed assistance with completing the survey. You may contact Sara to request an in-person event for community members in your area, or at your organization as well.
Paper copies are also available at your local library in Lincoln County.
Ready to Quit Tobacco?
The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line is a free telephone service available to all Oregon residents who want to stop using tobacco. The Quit Line offers you free quitting information, one-on-one telephone counseling, referrals for you or a loved one, and you may be eligible for free patches or gum.
Quit coaches will help you make your own plan to fit your own life. No pressure, no guilt. Coaches can even help you figure out if you are eligible for free nicotine gum or the patch.
English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669 or Smoke Free Oregon website
Spanish: 1-877-2NO-FUME (877-266-3863 or Oregeon sin Humo Pagina
Native Quit Line for Alaska Indians and Native Americans: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669, then press "7"
TTY for hearing-impaired callers: 877-777-6534
Statewide Oregon Tobacco Retail License
A tobacco retail license is required of anyone in the State of Oregon that sells tobacco or inhalant delivery systems (IDS) products. All tobacco retailers in Oregon must purchase a license to continue selling these products.
Oregon's tobacco retail license program is a collaboration between Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR). OHA conducts retailer education and outreach, as well as inspections to prevent sales to people under 21. DOR issues licenses to retailers, annually renews licenses, collects fees associated with licenses, and penalizes retailers selling tobacco without a license.
For instructions on how to apply for a tobacco retail license, visit Oregon Department of Revenue. The license application will need to be completed and submitted electronically through Revenue Online.
- A training manual (PDF) with instructions on how to comply with all Oregon tobacco laws and requirements.
- A fact sheet (PDF) about the law (available in six languages).
- Answers to frequently asked questions (PDF)about the law (available in six languages).
To learn more about and access these resources, visit Tobacco Prevention Oregon Health Authority Website.
Lincoln County Tobacco, Smoke, and Nicotine Free Property
All Lincoln County owned property is tobacco, smoke, and nicotine free for a healthier Lincoln County.
Effective since December 2017: "Use of tobacco, smoke, and/or nicotine products is prohibited on County properties. No Lincoln County employee, volunteer, intern, client, visitor, or vendor, shall carry any lighted smoking or vaping instrument or use a tobacco, smoke, or nicotine product on any leased or owned Lincoln County property. There are no designated areas for the use of tobacco, smoke, and/or nicotine product use or exceptions to this policy outside of the cultural exemption related to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and the areas identified in LCC7.7580 (see full ordinance for list of these areas)." Ordinance Number 496 (PDF)
The Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) requires indoor workplaces to be smokefree including bars and bar areas of restaurants, bowling centers, bingo halls, employee break rooms, child and adult day care, assisted living facilities, and 75% of hotel guest rooms.
The law also prohibits smoking or vaping within 10 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, ventilation intakes, and accessibility ramps of workplaces or public places. Businesses that choose to provide outdoor smoking or vaping areas, the smoking or vaping areas must not be enclosed, see the brochure (PDF) for more information.
Smoke Free Housing
All landlords are required to provide tenants with a smoking policy for the property, ORS 479.305 (Smoking policy disclosure). Oregon landlords and property owners have been switching to smoke-free properties. The Lincoln County TPEP coordinator can assist you with development of a smoke-free policy. Visit Smoke-free Housing Resources - Smokefree Oregon for more information.
Some Smoke-free policy benefits include: reducing fire risk and damage to units; keeping maintenance costs down since carpets, walls, and other surfaces all collect smoke particles and tar, which are impossible to remove; attracting tenants looking for smoke-free housing; helping to improve the health and well-being of your tenants and employees.
Remember that workspaces and common areas are required to be smoke and vape free according to Oregon's Indoor Clean Air Act.