Coalition urges ‘yes’ vote on Measure 108. Taxing vaping products will reduce youth access to tobacco.
Tobacco is dangerous. It deteriorates and exploits our communities and leads to massive disparities in our health care system. That is why so many Black, Indigenous and People of Color organizations are strongly in favor of Measure 108. We must do everything we can to reduce the impact of vaping and smoking in our communities. We must fight back against the tobacco industry’s predatory targeting of our young people.
Studies show the most effective way to reduce tobacco use is to raise the price, but Oregon still doesn’t tax nicotine vapes — even as use is skyrocketing. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in Oregon. Our state has the lowest cigarette taxes on the West Coast and higher smoking rates than our neighbors.
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And now, even in the face of vaping illnesses, tobacco companies are using the same tactics with vapes that they do with