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Vaping Is Not A Safe Way To Quit Smoking

As part of Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order to address the health risks of

vaping, and to prevent tobacco use altogether, Oregon Health Authority is launching a campaign to help people in Lincoln County and across the state quit tobacco. “We know that six out of ten people in Oregon who smoke want to quit, and we’re here to help,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, health officer and state epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division.

“E-cigarettes and vape are not approved ways to quit smoking. A growing body of evidence suggests that long-term e-cigarette use may make it harder to quit smoking. Many people who use e-cigarettes also smoke cigarettes. With counseling and approved medication, people can quit for good.”

The OHA campaign, which runs online and on billboards through mid-February, encourages

people to contact the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line for free, confidential help to quit smoking, vaping or using any other tobacco product. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for bothyouth and adults. People can reach the Quit Line through the following contacts:

 English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or quitnow.net/oregon

 Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-35692) or quitnow.net/oregonsp

 Native Quit Line for Alaska Indians and Native Americans: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-

8669), then press “7”

 TTY: 1-877-777-6534

In addition to helping people quit, Lincoln County works to prevent tobacco use, protect people from secondhand smoke and hold the tobacco industry accountable. Local efforts in 2020 are focused on establishing a tobacco retail licensing program, an effective strategy to preventing youth access to tobacco and nicotine.

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