Oregon Parks & Rec. looks to ban smoking in State Parks, seeking public comment

, Posted: Wed, January 8 2014 at 11:34 PM, Updated: Thu, January 9 2014 at 12:11 AM

The Oregon Parks and Recreation department wants to hear from you on a proposed cigarette ban in all state parks.

They held a public meeting at the Josephine Community Library in Grants Pass Tuesday night, several people showed up.

The department is drawing up the rules for parks after the governor banned smoking and chewing tobacco around all state offices.

A spokesperson said the effort is to make parks more pleasant for everyone and they would hope not to have to issue fines "most of our enforcement in parks is not about citations it's about explaining things and once they hear it and get it they generally help us out by complying" said Chris Havel.

You would still be able to smoke in your car or RV and smoking would still be allowed in designated camp sites.

A decision is expected in February but enforcement would not start until next year.

If you would like to voice your opinion, there's still time. The Oregon Parks and Recreation department is still accepting public comment by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by mail to Richard Walkoski, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

They are accepting public comment in any form until 5:00 PM on January 17, 2014.

For more information relating to the proposed rules and further public forum meeting dates, go here: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_newsStory&newsid=54

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