Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death.
Tobacco use contributes to over 7,000 deaths in Oregon each year and costs $2.5 billion in medical spending due to lost productivity and early death.
Tobacco-related deaths are almost always due to one of three causes: cardiovascular diseases, cancers and respiratory disease.
The tobacco industry spends more than $111 million a year on marketing in Oregon retail establishments.
About the Program
Oregon's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) was launched in 1997 with a clear and simple mandate — to reduce tobacco-related illness and death. In Klamath County, the Tobacco Prevention and Education Program works with several community partners to prevent and reduce tobacco-related deaths in our community. TPEP has four main goals and uses several evidenced-based strategies to reach those goals.
TPEP’s four goals for making Oregon communities safer and healthier:
Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
Help smokers quit
Identify and eliminate tobacco related disparities in all populations
Prevent youth from initiating tobacco use
TPEP supports proven strategies to reduce tobacco use, including:
Improving access to affordable and effective cessation services
Promoting smoke-free environments
Reducing youth exposure to tobacco marketing
Warning of tobacco’s dangers
The Freedom From Smoking Program is an in-person group clinic that includes eight sessions with a small group of eight to 16 people. Classes are led by a certified facilitator. The program features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking and transitioning to a smokefree lifestyle. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior, and because no single quit smoking plan is effective for all smokers, the program has a variety of evidence-based techniques for individuals to combine into their own plan to quit smoking.