- Creates a healthy and welcoming space for Eugene residents and visitors
- Reduces exposure of children and youth to smoking and tobacco use, protecting their health and discouraging them from starting a potential lifelong addiction that is harder to quit the earlier it is started
- Supports individuals who are trying to quit smoking or tobacco use or have already quit
- Protects public spaces from environmental degradation caused by littering of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the biggest form of litter worldwide, release toxicants into the environment, and take approximately 10 years to decompose
- Protects parks and natural areas from fire risks
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in our community and each year over 700 people in Lane County die from tobacco-related illnesses. That means about 1 in 4 deaths is caused by tobacco use.