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"Regarding a bill in Oregon to preempt local smokefree bar ordinances, McCallum stated that he was happy with the bill, and that the association "has really been battling local ordinances month in and month out for four years." McCallum compared the legislation to that enacted by California in 1995. When asked about the health of employees in bars, McCallum stated, "People have a choice as to whether they want to work in establishments that allow smoking. Those people have plenty of other choices [of employers] if they are offended by [smoking]. In fact, this law ensures that they have lots of other choices."

Michael McCallum
Chief Executive, Oregon Restaurant Association

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As of January 1, 2009, all of Oregon's non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, and bars are 100% smokefree. Additionally, the 2009 law restored local control to allow all Oregonian communities to enact their own smokefree laws. Read Oregon's 100% smokefree law. Starting January 1, 2016, the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana is prohibited wherever smoking is not allowed.

To learn more, visit the Oregon Department of Human Services or call 971-673-0984.
To report a violation, fill on an online form or call 1-866-621-6107.

On June 26, 2007, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongowski signed the law that closed the loopholes and repealed the preemptive language in Oregon's 2002 Smokefree Workplace Law.

Oregon state law is no longer preemptive. Oregon state law was preemptive 2002-2008, and provided that "A local county, district, municipality, port or political subdivision of this state may not prohibit smoking in any areas listed in this section unless the local government prohibition was passed before July 1, 2001." Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Oregon.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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