Tobacco companies are targeting youth with candy-flavored vapes like "Gummy Bear" and "Cotton Candy," yet Oregon doesn't tax vapes one penny.
The Journal of American Medicine says young people who vape are 3x more likely to start smoking. Measure 108 would help prevent tobacco companies from hooking the next generation and establish the first tax on vapes in Oregon.
We are all impacted by nicotine and tobacco use, whether we smoke, vape, or know someone who does. Oregonians pay $1.5 billion per year for smoking-caused health care costs while Big Tobacco profits. Taxing vapes and tobacco is a proven approach to reduce smoking and vaping and keep people from starting in the first place, saving on costs and saving lives.
Measure 108 was written and approved by a bipartisan committee and is explicit about where the money goes: The Oregon Health Plan serving 1 in 4 Oregonians and programs that help people quit smoking and vaping for good or never start in the first place.
That’s why Measure 108 has a broad coalition of over 200 organizations and supporters – from nurses, doctors and health care providers, to businesses, community leaders and advocacy groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, The American Lung Association, The American Heart Association, Democrats and Republicans, workers, families, and many more.
Join the fight to reduce youth smoking and fund healthcare in Oregon.