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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Portland City Council will consider extending Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)'s smoking and tobacco ban to all the city's parks on Wednesday.
If the council approves the measure all city parks, natural areas, community centers, trails, golf courses, recreation areas and all other PP&R sites would be completely tobacco and smoke-free starting July 1, 2015.
PP&R said there are currently more than 500 cities and towns nationwide that have similar laws, including 64 cities and counties in Oregon.
Currently, tobacco is only prohibited at Director Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square and the portion of the South Park Blocks that is located on the campus of Portland State University. PP&R also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of any picnic table, play structure, or other designated kid's play area.
“Expanding PP&R's existing tobacco-free policy across the entire system sends a consistent message,” Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz said. “It helps to create healthy and safe environments within all of Portland Parks & Recreation—especially for children and youth.”
Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, hookahs, pipes, chew, snuff, smokeless tobacco and marijuana are just a few of the items PP&R hopes to ban.
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