STOPPING VAPING MEANS SAVING LIVESSmoking is the number one preventable cause of death in Oregon. Each year, nearly 8,000 Oregonians die from tobacco related illnesses, but that doesn’t stop Big Tobacco from targeting kids with candy-flavored vapes. In fact, one out of four high schoolers in Oregon report vaping and research shows young people who vape are three times more likely to start smoking.
Oregonians pay almost $1.5 billion annually in smoking-related health care costs while Big Tobacco profits. But Oregon doesn’t tax vapes a single penny to cover the costs. And evidence shows that when states tax vaping and tobacco products, more people quit, and fewer are likely to start.
Measure 108 on November’s ballot helps reduce and prevent youth smoking, saves lives, and funds health care and education efforts. While Oregon battles COVID-19, there has never been a more important time to take action to reduce smoking and vaping.
VOTING YES WILL
- Prevent nearly 12,000 premature deaths.
- Prevent over 19,000 Oregon kids from becoming smokers.
- Fund the Oregon Health Plan and smoking prevention programs to help people quit.
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