Citizen Advisory Board Endorses Smoking Ban for Portland, Ore. Parks

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There’s a good chance that the Portland City Council will be tackling a park smoking ban proposal in early 2015, as on Wednesday the Portland Parks Board issued a citizen advisory board’s recommendation that the city’s 209 public parks ban the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes. In May, the parks board announced that a committee was being formed to explore possible legislation to achieve the ban.

While at this stage it is still a recommendation, Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz told OregonLive.com that she is planning on bringing it to the council in January with the hopes of getting it approved quickly.

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In addition to parks, the proposal calls for a ban on tobacco products in recreation and natural areas, while golf courses and Portland International Raceway would be given a three year timeframe to phase out their designated smoking areas.

This summer, the city of Forest Grove, a suburb of Portland, passed a smoking ban at all city-owned and leased properties.

With a population of nearly 610,000 people, Portland is Oregon’s most populous city, while the Portland metro area numbers more than 2.3 million residents.

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