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Lane County Considers Banning Smoking In Parks


Public health officials in Lane County are talking about broadening restrictions on smoking tobacco to all county property, including the 4,600 acres of parks, campgrounds and other recreation facilities it operates.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the head of the county health agency, Alicia Hays, says the county has already has moved in the direction of smoke-free facilities, and now the intention is to expand that to all county properties.

She says the county is meeting with residents and staff members to discuss how to implement smoking restrictions.

Final decisions would be up to the county commissioners.

The county has 73 parks and other recreation facilities. Among heavily used county-owned open spaces is the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in front of the county administration building in downtown Eugene.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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