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Jefferson County prevention educator says e-cigarettes won't help you quit smoking.

As part of Governor Kate Brown's HYPERLINK "https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U_EFAy1MUYGkWuU_sL0XF7SP1fIyjliH/view" 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 Jefferson 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 Emily Wegener, Jefferson County Tobacco Prevention and Education Coordinator. "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 HYPERLINK "https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/TOBACCOPREVENTION/Documents/HB2546Report.pdf" 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 both youth and adults. People can reach the Quit Line through the following contacts:

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

Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-35692) or HYPERLINK "http://quitnow.net/oregonsp" 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, Jefferson County works to prevent tobacco use, protect people from secondhand smoke and hold the tobacco industry accountable through policy that creates tobacco-free spaces and reduces tobacco use. Jefferson County Public Health's Vision is

Healthy people in thriving communities.


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