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Opinion: SB 587 Keeps Smoking Out of Kids’ Hands


Tobacco-related public health measures should be focused on preventing youth from starting smoking, vaping or chewing nicotine products. While the majority of people struggling with nicotine addiction are adults, 95% start using tobacco before age 21.

Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the addictive effects of nicotine, so primary prevention of nicotine addiction should be viewed as a pediatric problem. Oregon Senate Bill 587 will accomplish this public health goal.

Read on for Dr. Bishara’s full opinion article, published on June 25, 2021 in the Statesman Journal.

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