SALEM, Ore. - Hundreds of new laws are going into effect next week as Oregon enters 2014, and many of the laws will impact both citizens and businesses.
Several are aimed at making the community healthier.
The tax on cigarettes is increasing by 13 cents.
While some believe the increase is enough to make them reduce their intake, a few told NewsSource 16 they’d quit the habit because of the change.
A new law will make driving with children and smoking illegal.
Smokers we talked to unanimously agreed with the legislature’s move.
“I agree with them on that. It’s for the well-being of the child and you have to think about that. Kids don’t have the choice,” said Edward Duncan.
Another law on the books in the New Year deals with tanning. Oregon minors had been allowed to bronze with parental permission. However, starting January 1, a doctor's permission will be necessary.
Ryan Tuckers owns Sunsational Tanning in Eugene. He believes the law’s intention is good but worries about putting a stigma on tanning.
The practice has been used to treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne.
However, many doctors fear liability and may turn toward other treatment options, he said.
“What you’re going to have is a doctor saying, ‘Hey, we’re not going to go this route, we’re going to throw a bunch of steroids at you or a bunch of medication at you’ and that opens a whole other box of issues,” Tucker said.
Whatever the impact of the new laws, it will be interesting to see how things play out.
Below are other laws taking effect on the first day of 2014.
- New mothers will now be allowed to take their placentas home.
- Fines for texting and driving will increase.
- Minors 14 and older will be able to get outpatient mental health services without parental consent.
- Mugshot websites will have to remove people’s pictures free of charge if the individual was found not guilty.
- Oregonians with PTSD will be eligible for medical marijuana cards.