Officials in Astoria, Oregon, in their attempt to promote health and wellness are considering smoking ban in city parks, because they are preoccupied with negative effects of secondhand smoke on non-smoking people.
The smoking ban is going to be applied at the McClure Park and Tapiola Park. Besides this, tonbacco use to be prohibited in the next well-known tourist spots: the Astoria Column, the Astoria Riverwalk, the Garden of Surging Waves.
Earlier this year, officials Clatsop County passed a smoking ban in county parks. Gearhart, Cannon Beach, Warrenton, Seaside allow smoking in parks. However, in Cannon Beach smoking is restricted at a basketball court and skate park.
Officials in Astoria will discuss the possibility to prohibit tobacco use in city parks today.
Norma Hernandez, the chairwoman of the city Parks and Recreation Board, told that they do have nothing against smokers, but parks are about nature, sports, health and therefore the air should be clean there. Authorities do not tell smokers to stop their habit, they should just not light up in parks. Authorities maintain city parks with people’s tax money and the vast majority of these people wants tobacco smoke to be eliminated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In 2014, Oregon prohibited tobacco use in state parks except in campsites, vehicles and sections of day use parks set aside as safety rest zones.
Another problem with smoking in parks is litter from cigarettes. Most common item gathered during park cleanups is cigarette butts. Smoking ban will solve the problem and make parks cleaner.
The proposed smoking ban in Astoria applies to all tobacco products and would include chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.