Eugene police give no citations on day one of smoking ban

Police say they didn't give any warnings or citations for smoking Friday.

Posted: Aug 24, 2018 7:11 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2018 7:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Certain areas of downtown Eugene are subject to a smoking ban as of Friday.

Friday morning, many people were still smoking in the banned areas. Some of them said they didn’t know about the ban, but others did know.

Police said they continued with normal patrols for the day and didn’t end up giving any warnings or citations for smoking on Friday.

One of the main complaints from community members was that they aren’t sure exactly where the boundary lines are.

The smoking ban stretches from Lincoln to Pearl streets and 8th Avenue through Broadway. It’s also on 10th and some of west 11th avenues.

Nate Bemiller, who lives in Eugene, said he wished it were clearer where the ban is.

"I suggested to some people that they put up a big sign so you know, so people know, cause I think a lot of people are in the dark about it right now,” Bemiller said.

Opinions on the ban were split. The owner of Mosaic Fair Trade Collection told KEZI she hopes it will keep downtown more clean and safe.

"I am really grateful that the city passed the smoking ban. We are working really hard to get downtown to be pleasant and safe and I think that will also help,” Susan Costa said.

People who get caught smoking downtown could face fines between $50 and $100 for the first offense. After that, the fines could go up.

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