A new smoking ban will be coming to Cottage Grove, Ore. next month, as the city council unanimously approved a ban on the use of all forms of tobacco and electronic cigarettes in city parks beginning on Dec. 9.

The ban will also apply to sidewalks, parking areas, buildings and structures that are part of the city’s parks and recreation areas. While violators will be given the opportunity to discontinue their smoking or use of tobacco if caught, a person who refuses to stop could be fined up to $500, as well as be kicked out or banned from using the city’s parks.

Cottage Grove is located 130 miles south of Portland, with a population of just under 10,000 people.

Update: as noted by one of the commenters below, the ban does provide for designated smoking areas in city parks. We apologize for the oversight.

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