Turns out, the parks in Pendleton, Ore. will be going smoke and tobacco-free after all.
On Wednesday, the Pendleton City Council approved an expansion to an existing smoking ban for the city’s skate park that will now cover the 22 parks in the city. It also prohibits the use of any tobacco product, whether lit or unlit, as well as e-cigarettes and similar devices. The motion passed by a 6-2 vote according to EastOregonian.com.
While the ban will go into effect in 30 days, it comes with both a six-month grace period on enforcement, as well as a two-year sunset provision, which will require the council to revisit it in 2019 should they want to extend if further.
Currently, smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of all parks shelters, play areas, and structures.
The approval comes after the council declined to take action on a similar proposal in mid-September, calling it unenforceable.
Pendleton is located in northeastern Oregon, roughly 220 miles east of Portland. It is home to approximately 17,000 residents.