Tualatin, Ore. Bans Smoking in Parks

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Smoking in the parks of Tualatin, a suburb of Portland, Ore., will be no more come February 1. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District approved the measure Monday with a unanimous vote from its five-member board of directors.

According to The Oregonian, only one person testified—in favor of—regarding the ban. It will not introduce fines or other forms of punishment.

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The law, which can be found here (18mb, .pdf), was presented as follows:

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING DISTRICT COMPILED POLICY (DCP) SECTION 7.02 TO PROHIBIT SMOKING ON AND IN DISTRICT GROUNDS, FACILITIES AND BUILDINGS.

a. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (District) board has authority under ORS 266.410 to both make and enforce regulations governing the conduct of users of the District’s grounds, facilities and buildings;
b. The Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act [ORS433.835 to 433.875 and 433.990(3) hereinafter “Act”] permits agencies such as the District to adopt and enforce regulations and restrictions on smoking that are more stringent than those found in or authorized by the Act;
c. The District Board believes smoking interferes and is inconsistent with and detrimental to the appropriate use of District’s buildings, grounds and facilities by the District’s patrons, visitors and staff;
d. The District Board believes it necessary and appropriate for the District to enact and enforce a smoking prohibition on the District’s grounds and facilities; and
e. ORS 266.450 requires that the District adopt general regulations by ordinance consistent with ORS 198.510 to 198.600.

NOW THEREFORE, THE TUALATIN HILLS PARK & RECREATION DISTRICT ORDAINS:
Section 1. The District’s Compiled Policy (DCP) Section 7.02 (attached as Exhibit A) is amended by subsections (L) and (M) and adding a new subsection (N) as follows:
(L) Hit golf balls on or into District property; or
(M) Disobey any reasonable direction or request of a District Employee or peace officer based on the DCP or during an emergency situation.;
(N) Smoke on or in any District grounds, facilities or buildings. As used in this subsection “smoke” means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated tobacco or other non-tobacco legal/illegal smoking substance.

Tualatin is a city of over 25,00 located less than 15 miles southwest of Portland.

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Charlie Minato
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