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New Tobacco Laws Starting Jan. 1

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A number of new laws are going into effect in Oregon on Wednesday, including two new tobacco laws.

First, cigarette tax will go up 13 more cents, bringing the total tax on a pack of cigarettes to $1.31.

In addition, Senate Bill 244 said smokers will no longer be allowed to light up with minors in the car.  According to the American Lung Association, in Oregon you could be fined up to $250 for first offense and up to $500 for second or subsequent offenses for smoking in a vehicle when youth are present.  One youth said he is glad to see this new law taking effect.

“I really don’t like my parents smoking in the car because it could affect their lungs… kids… it could affect their lungs, and I really don’t like it especially when my Mom or Nanna or anybody smokes,” said one local youth.

Police officers said they are still undergoing training on how to enforce this new law, but they say they will be ready come January 1.

Oregon is now among several other states to enact this law, Arkansas, Maine, California, and Louisiana also prohibit the practice.

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  1. MommaOf4 says:

    It’s about time! Wish they could stop them from smoking in the homes with children as well!!! Kids don’t get a voice so we need to stand up and SCREAM FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND HEALTH!!!!!

    1. henry faralli says:

      Remember when the promise was “We will never try to stop people from smoking, we just want them to have a special place in the restaurant so we don’t have to smell that rotten tobacco!”

      Maybe some truth in that “CAMEL’S NOSE IN THE TENT” and “FROG IN THE COLD WATER” thingys !

  2. Connie Bennett says:

    First restaurants, then bars (where smoking and drinking go hand in hand), now in the privacy of our own vehicles, Talk about a rights violation and singling out of a particular group of people. What it feels like to me is that this country is quickly becoming a dictatorship. Was Hitler reincarnated recently and elected as president or what?

  3. J.R. Jr. says:

    I think it’s a bunch of crap, I agree with Connie. When are the people in this country going to realize that we are so close to becoming a country with a dictator. The government is suppose to work for use, since we pay the bill. But instead we are now just a bunch of cattle herded by the government. And now we have been told that we have to buy insurance that’s 40-50% higher than what we were paying. All we got was a bunch of lies from our lovely leader and of course who is paying for it, the middle case. Who now has less to just try and figure how to make ends meet. But they have no problem giving there selves a raise any time they see fit. What’s wrong with this picture, they get more and more while we get less and less, but yet it’s our money. Instead they should worry more about education, the elderly and the working man. We keep this country going, not the government. Sorry I got off track, but I’am upset over all of it.

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