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New smoking ban up for debate in Roseburg

The ordinance was proposed a few weeks ago by staff from the Blue Zones Project Umpqua and local health officials.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 6:07 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg City Council is weighing a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in downtown during large events.

The ordinance was originally put forward a few weeks ago by staff from the Blue Zones Project Umpqua and local health officials.

In 2016, the city passed an ordinance that prohibited smoking on public roads and sidewalks, which applies to the entire city. City officials said this ordinance builds on the language used in the original.

“We’re adding more clarification saying that if there’s an event downtown, you can’t smoke within a certain radius of the parade route,” said communication specialist Eric Johnson.

Those in support of the new ordinance told KEZI 9 News that it will benefit the community in the long run.

“The idea is that it may have a favorable impact on attendance from those who avoid events like this that may have respiratory issues,” said David Price, a senior manager at Mercy Medical Center.

The ordinance has two more readings before it can get officially voted on by city council. If approved, it will take 30 days to go into effect.

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