The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners is considering possible action around e-cigarettes. During a series of briefings last fall, commissioners learned that the sale and use of e-cigarettes is unregulated and unmonitored. Multnomah County also has one of the highest rates of illegal tobacco sales to minors in the nation.
The board is concerned about the health impacts of youth access to tobacco, nicotine and electronic delivery devices. The Health Department and Oregon Health Equity Alliance recommended the following steps. Commissioners are asking for your feedback on these possible actions:
- Prohibiting e-cigarette sales to, and use by, minors.
Including use of e-cigarettes in the Multnomah County Smoke-free Workplace law. Support any state effort to update the Oregon Clean Air Act by including e-cigarettes.
- Licensing retailers who sell tobacco and e-cigarette products.
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