Smokers are still free to light up in the 70 parks of Lane County, Ore. after county commissioners rejected a proposed smoking ban by a 3-2 vote on Tuesday. But it wasn’t the parks that seemed to be the deciding issue, it was the 240 campgrounds that would have been affected as well, and the concern about being able to enforce the ban had it been enacted.
Several reports cite public comment about the ordinance being used to target and harass homeless people as well, concerns that outweighed some commissioners’ hopes of passing the ban in an attempt to protect children from smoke and seeing adults using tobacco.
While this current proposal did not pass, the commissioners did request that the county’s Parks Advisory Committee to look at crafting another proposal that would exempt campgrounds and religious ceremonies, according to KEZI.com. That proposal isn’t expected to surface until at least early 2017.
Lane County is located in western Oregon and has a population of just over 356,000 people. It includes the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon.