Today, by a unanimous vote, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products, with no exceptions, in all locations throughout the county. In response to this important vote in support of the health of all county residents, Carrie Nyssen, Senior Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Oregon issued the following statement:
“The decisive action of Board Chair Deborah Kafoury and the resounding approval of all Multnomah County Board members to pass comprehensive flavored tobacco restrictions is a win for public health in Multnomah County. This act will protect all county residents and very well may be lifesaving for many children, those with lower incomes, and communities of color. The measure passed today is a model for the entire state. We wholeheartedly applaud this bold move by Multnomah County and encourage other counties and the State of Oregon to take similar actions for the benefit of all Oregonians.”
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