In just over the course of two years, the city of Pendleton went from rejecting a proposal to ban smoking in city parks to unanimously voting to extend it indefinitely. At its most recent meeting, the Pendleton City Council voted 8-0 to remove the sunset date from the ban passed in 2017, meaning that until new legislation is passed, it will be a crime to light up in parks.
The ban covers all 22 of the city’s parks as well as the city’s skate park, though enforcement appears to be limited. According to a report by EastOregonian.com, the city’s police department has not been patrolling the parks looking for violators and has no plans to do so in the future.
Pendleton is located in northeastern Oregon, roughly 220 miles east of Portland. It is home to approximately 17,000 residents.