Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
The Jackson County Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) works to significantly reduce the impact of tobacco on the people and communities of Jackson County. TPEP is tasked to implement tobacco prevention strategies, improve tobacco prevention policies, promote cessation, and enforce tobacco policies and laws. Our goal is to have sustainable policies and create system and environmental changes that decrease the harms associated with tobacco use and promotes a healthy environment for Jackson County residents.
For Businesses: Our Tobacco Prevention and Education Program staff are available to provide resources and technical assistance with developing and implementing effective smoke-free polices. Please reach out to Jackson County Public Health at (541) 774-8200 for more information.
Tobacco Rates in Jackson County
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Oregon. The number of Jackson County adults who regularly use cigarettes has increased from 29,500 in 2014 to 34,400 in 2019. That is almost the same as the combined populations of Central Point, Eagle Point, and Talent. There are currently 15,450 people in Jackson County who have a serious illness caused by tobacco. Jackson County residents pay over $81 million every year on tobacco-related medical care.[i]
[i] Oregon Health Authority. (2019) Jackson County Tobacco Fact Sheet. Retrieved June 7, 2019 from https://smokefreeoregon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OHA-Jackson-TobaccoFactSheet_FINAL.pdf