City of Ashland looking to expand smoking ban

Ashland, Ore., — Ashland City Council is looking to expand the smoking ban in its downtown area.

The council banned sitting on curbs, smoking and panhandling last year.

The new ordinance would expand those rules to Lithia Way and Pioneer Street.

It’s an idea that’s popular, with at least one business owner.

“The problem we’re having with the parking lot is that there are groups of men, largely men, hanging out there who harass children and pedestrians. This is not acceptable behavior,” said Roy Laird, Co-Owner of The Book Exchange.

The council is discussing the possibility at the council meeting tonight.

It will also consider adding exclusions to parking spaces, so people can’t sit in them.

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