In 2015, Klamath Falls was selected to be the first Blue Zones Project demonstration site in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, local leaders, volunteers, and organizations throughout the community have worked to achieve certification status.
Since 2015, Klamath Falls has seen a 24 percent decrease in smoking following Blue Zones Project implementation, advocacy, and policy work. Klamath Falls’ adult smoking rate now stands at 13.1 percent, down from 17.3 percent in 2015 according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. Youth smoking has also decreased, with the percentage of youth who report having smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days declining among 8th and 11th graders between 2015 and 2017. According to the Youth Behavioral Risk Survey (YBRS), for 8th graders, the percentage dropped from 6.7 percent in 2015 to 4.7 percent in 2017, and for 11th graders the percentage dropped from 11.2 percent in 2015 to 8 percent in 2017. Frequent e-cigarette use among 11th graders has also declined in Klamath Falls while it has risen nation-wide. According to the YBRS, the percentage of 11th graders who smoked e-cigarettes 3–5 days within the last 30 days declined from 4.2 percent in 2015 to 1.3 percent in 2017.
According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, the percentage of Klamath Falls adults who smoke has declined from 17.3 percent in 2015 to 13.1 percent in 2018.
U.S. Surgeon General after his orientation to the Blue Zones Project in the Beach Cities, California