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Eugene, Ore. Approves Downtown Smoking Ban

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A new smoking ban is coming to the downtown area of Eugene, Ore. after the Eugene City Council approved a proposed ban by a 6-2 vote at its meeting on Monday.

The ban is targeted at the city sidewalks, alleys and businesses that would provide smoking areas, however, businesses can apply to opt out of the smoking ban. The city’s current ordinances do not allow smoking within 10 feet of any public doorway or within 25 feet of the entrance to government buildings throughout Eugene. “While these ordinances provide some level of protection from secondhand smoke indoors, they do not address outdoor smoking in high use pedestrian areas, such as sidewalks, alleys and public spaces in downtown,” the city said via a news release.

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The law will go into effect 30 days after it is signed by Mayor Lucy Vinis.

Eugene is located 110 miles south of Portland and is home to 166,575 residents, according to 2016 population estimates.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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