Oregon Tobacco Retail
UPDATE: SENATE BILL 754
On Wednesday August 9th, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 754 into law. This law raised the required minimum age for a person to legally buy or obtain tobacco products, inhalant delivery systems, and tobacco product devices, from 18 to 21.
This law applies to conduct occurring on or after January 1, 2018. There is no violation for people ages 18, 19, or 20 to possess tobacco products or inhalant delivery systems.
Oregon is now the 5th state in the nation to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 years!
Raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old is an evidence-based strategy that will help reduce youth initiation of tobacco. Most addiction to tobacco starts in adolescence, so protecting kids is critical. Nine out of ten adults who smoke report that they started smoking before they turned 18, and almost 100 percent start before they turn 26.
If you see a tobacco retailer selling tobacco to someone you know is under 21 and would like to let us know, please send an email to: Tobacco.Inspections@state.or.us.
Tobacco products are cheap, readily available and easy to get, and are heavily promoted and marketed in stores.This makes it difficult for current smokers to stop and promotes tobacco use to Oregon’s youth.