Multnomah County Commissioners to hold Gresham Town Hall on Tobacco Retail Licensing

October 22, 2015

Multnomah County Commissioners will host a town hall in Gresham Oct. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. on licensing businesses that sell tobacco. Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Diane McKeel, who represents Gresham, will lead the event.

The Board of County Commissioners is considering an ordinance that would require all tobacco and e-cigarette retailers to obtain an annual license.

The rate of illegal sales of tobacco to minors in Multnomah County is triple the national rate according to the most recent Synar studies by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Health Department first raised concerns because tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death in the county and most users started before the age of 18.

Licensure laws have been effective at limiting illegal youth access to tobacco products in other counties and cities.
Commissioners have been collecting public input online on a proposed tobacco ordinance at On Oct. 20, the Board held two public hearings at the Multnomah Building in southeast Portland and in East County at David Douglas High School.

And next month, Chair Kafoury and Multnomah County Health Department staff will brief the city councils of Fairview and Wood Village on the proposal. The briefings are:

  • City of Fairview Briefing

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 8 p.m.

City Council Chambers 

1300 NE Village St,  Fairview, OR 97024

  • City of Wood Village Briefing:

Monday, Nov. 9th, 6 p.m.

City Council Chambers

20155 N.E. 238th Drive,  Wood Village, OR 97060-1095