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Statewide about 7 percent of Oregonians smoke cigarettes regularly.

 

But 11 percent smoke in central Oreogn and it's even higher when you narrow it down to Deschutes County where 14 percent smoke.

 

Anne Palmer runs the smoking cessation program at Bend Memorial Clinic.  She explains the dichotomy.

 

"I think part of the socioeconomic mix that we have here has an effect.  We still have rural based communities that are still open to smokeless tobacco -- you know the cowboy culture in rural places in Deschutes County and Crook County."
 

Deschutes County's smoking rate is 14 percent, but  Crook and Jefferson County's are even higher.  Jefferson's is 15 percent and Crook's is 17 percent.

 

Palmer also believes our "beer culture" here contributes to the higher smoking rate since drinking and smoking often go together.

 

BMC offers free counseling services to people who want to quit.  It's the only such program in the region.

 

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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