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Oregon Close to Becoming Third State to Make T21 Law

Oregon Close to Becoming Third State to Make T21 Law”

OR will be the third state in the country to bar the purchase of tobacco products for people under the age of 21, joining California and Hawaii.

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed two bills that crack down on illegal immigration and the cities that interfere with federal law enforcement efforts: Kate's Law and the No Sanctuary Cities for Criminals Act.

The $10.2 million bill, which cleared the state House and Senate with no Republican votes, also comes as a badly needed boost for Planned Parenthood's OR affiliate, which helped write the measure and pushed for its passage as it struggles to keep its doors open.

Not so with Oregon's southern border, as California, along with Hawaii, increased its tobacco age to 21 past year.

The bill passed Wednesday by the Legislature requires insurance companies to cover abortions at no cost to the patient. We know that about 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21.

"The prefrontal cortex is the part of your brain that influences personality, decision making, impulses, attention and problem solving", said Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner. "By the age of 25, this addiction is cemented in the brain and it becomes very hard - nearly impossible - to quit".

Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, killing over 480,000 Americans and costing the nation about $170 billion in health care bills each year.

House Republican Leader Mike McLane, of Powell Butte, said the bill attempts to forecast what crimes people will commit, like in the movie "Minority Report". You can get an abortion at any time for any reason.

"I'm exhausted of going to funerals of military kids who didn't have to die", Evans said.

Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, said it's unfair to 18-year-olds who are legally adults who can get married, sign contracts, join the military and vote - but will not have the liberty to choose whether to smoke.

"Now I guess the only thing we have left is to promote it", Mr. Nearman said.

Senate Bill 719 allows a law-enforcement officer, or a person's family or household member, to petition the court for a one-year extreme risk protection order that would prohibit the respondent from possessing a deadly weapon. "If signed by the governor, this new law will go a long way to preventing cancer as well as heart and lung disease".



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