Smoke-free zone proposed for downtown Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Klamath Falls city council hears a proposal to make the downtown area smoke-free.

Backers say the proposal would reduce cigarette butt litter, second-hand smoke, and make the downtown area more family-friendly.

If the ordinance is passed, those caught smoking downtown could get a ticket, and pay a fine.

“We’re going to have a 90-day educational period.”  Explains Merritt Driscoll of the Blue Zones Project.  “So if someone violates the ordinance, we would just give them a warning.  After that 90 day educational period, we’re looking at a $75 fine.”

A separate proposal would prohibit tobacco use in all Klamath Falls city parks.

Backers hope to have the proposals on the city council agenda sometime in March.

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