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Jul-30-2014 07:12printcomments

Four Public Hearings to be Held on Oregon Beach Smoking Ban

Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015.

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Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through August 29. Salem-News.com File Photo

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through August 29.

Comments will be taken by email, and through a series of four public hearings in August.

Rules that restrict smoking on Oregon state park properties were approved in February by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Education about the new rule is taking place through 2014, and enforcement will begin in 2015.

Previous public comments related to the state park rule asked the department to undertake a similar effort on the ocean shore, which is adjacent to many state parks.

Citing environmental issues as a primary concern - plastic cigarette butts can persist for years, even in the harsh beach environment - the commission approved a staff request to consider a smoking rule for the ocean shore.

After listening to public comment between now and August 29, the department plans to present information to the Commission on September 17 at its meeting near Silverton, and return November 19 with a final recommendation at the Astoria meeting.

Public comment will play a key role in the decision to create a rule.

Comments can be sent to the department through regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301), by e-mail (oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov), or in person at one of four public hearings scheduled in August.

All hearings begin at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

8/20 - Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside Ore. 8/21 - Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport Ore. 8/26 - Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay Ore. 8/28 - North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem Ore.




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Dani August 3, 2014 5:27 am (Pacific time)

I did not know cigarette butts were plastic? Are you sure about this? What about cigars and pipe tobacco? They have no chemicals or plastic and are 100% harmless and biodegradable plant matter? Is the ban on all plastic or just the imaginary plastic in cigarette butts?


Sam August 3, 2014 5:26 am (Pacific time)

Plastic butts? What plastic butts? Why not just ban plastic on the beach? How about putting ash trays back on public spaces. There were not butts everywhere until the anti-smoking fanatics got all the ash trays taken away. This is a bogus hypocritical rule unless all food and drink containers, frisbees, dog toys, and plastic bags are also banned from the beach. I can also assure you that drunks, dogs, and factories using the ocean as a toilet is far more toxic than a few cigarette butts.

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