How Do You Feel About Secondhand Smoke in Downtown Areas?

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Deschutes County Health Services invites residents and visitors to complete a brief survey about secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use in relation to downtown areas. The County’s goal is to better understand resident and visitor tobacco and smoke-free preferences for future policy making consideration.

Because Deschutes County is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all who visit downtown areas in county cities and towns, Health Services, in conjunction with the Rede Group, has published a public survey. The survey will help determine public opinion around the use of tobacco in downtown areas. Results will be final September 2012.

The survey has been extended for public access through Sunday, July 8. Depending on the level of public response, the survey may stay open for a longer period of time.  The link to the survey is: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e604ihrwh33du6og/start

After the survey closes, there will be a presentation to local cities, Deschutes County Commissioners and local business leadership about the survey results. A future notice will announce more details about how to access the results.

Through the survey, Deschutes County would like to ensure that smoking in not a barrier to people visiting downtown areas and stores. Smokefree policies ensure equal access to all, including people with asthma and other chronic conditions.

If you are ready to quit tobacco use today, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit www.quitnow.net/oregon/ to learn more.  The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line provides free, confidential and friendly coaching to help you quit. In addition, the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line offers an online, live chat coaching service for those who would prefer to receive help online. Visit www.oregonquitline.org to register.

For more information, please contact Deschutes County Health Educator David Visiko at david.visiko@deschutes.org or (541) 322-7481. ##

To request this information in an alternate format, please call (541) 617-4747 or send email to ken.harms@deschutes.org .

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