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Doctors, Nurses, and Hospitals Support Governor Brown's Ban on Flavored Vaping Products - 10/04/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oregon Medical Association

Oregon Nurses Association

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

 

Contact:

Dave Northfield

Director of Communications, OAHHS

503-479-6032 (o), 503-329-1989 (c)

dnorthfield@oahhs.org

 

Doctors, Nurses, and Hospitals Support Governor Brown’s Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

Health care providers united on temporary ban on flavored vaping products and advocate for raising the price of tobacco and e-cigarettes

 

Lake Oswego, Ore. – October 4, 2019 – Doctors, nurses, and hospitals today expressed strong support for Governor Kate Brown’s call for a temporary ban on flavored e-cigarette products in Oregon. Liquid flavors such as bubble gum, fruit, and mint appeal to kids, and limiting access is an important step in preventing youth use and stopping a possible lifelong addiction. Health care provider organizations across the state are united on the temporary ban, and continue to advocate for raising the price of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes as the next important step to deter tobacco and nicotine use among Oregonians of all ages.  

 

Providers released the following joint statement:

 

“We strongly support the Governor’s proposed regulatory, legislative and educational actions to address the current health crisis around vaping, including an emergency ban on flavored vaping products. We have known for some time that vaping products – particularly those that are flavored – threaten to increase the number of youth addicted to nicotine. Given the increasing vaping-related illnesses and deaths over the last several months, urgent action is critical.”

 

“We also know that raising the price of tobacco is the most effective way to get people to quit smoking and to discourage new tobacco users. When nicotine products cost more money, fewer people use them. This public health crisis has been decades in the making, and includes both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. That’s why we continue to advocate for raising the price of tobacco products and e-cigarettes. These actions are vital for preventing youth use and reducing overall rates for all types of tobacco use.”

 

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The Oregon Medical Association (OMA) is the state’s largest professional organization engaging in advocacy, policy development, community-building, and networking opportunities for Oregon’s physicians, physician assistants, medical students, and physician assistant students. In the state capitol of Salem and in Washington, DC, the OMA’s members speak with one voice as they advocate for policies that improve access to quality patient care and reduce administrative burdens on medical professionals. Additional information is available at theOMA.org.

 

The Oregon Nurses Association is Oregon’s oldest and largest professional association and union for nurses in Oregon. ONA represents over 15,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses who work in settings across Oregon, from large acute care hospitals to small clinics and in local public health.

 

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health, and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.

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