Forest Grove, Ore. has taken a step towards enacting a smoking ban in city parks, as the Forest Grove Public Safety Advisory joined the city’s Parks and Recreation department in supporting the ban. On Wednesday, the advisory voted 5-0 in favor of supporting the ban, with two members absent.

While the ordinance has yet to go to the city council for a vote, it appears imminent that it will be adopted. Should the council pass the ban, it would prohibit the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, grass, plant, plant products, liquid, vapor, electronic smoking devices and smokeless tobacco, and would cover city-owned and leased property, city-sponsored events, parks and recreation areas, parking lots, trails and pathways, open space and natural areas, which would include the Forest Grove Farmers Market. reports that the council is expected to take up the issue in May.

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Patrick Lagreid

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