The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a ban on smoking along the coastline. The department banned smoking in state parks in February, and visitors can now light up only in their cars, in campsites or in designated rest areas. Before formally extending the restriction to the beaches, the Parks Department is collecting public comments until August 29 and hosting town hall meetings throughout the state.
Parks Department spokesman Chris Havel told OPB that the proposed rule comes in response to concerns about litter, secondhand smoke and, to a lesser extent, fires. The department says it will make its final decision on the proposal in November.
We want to hear from you. How would a ban on smoking along the coast affect you?
- Chris Havel: Spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department