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.