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Roseburg residents split over new smoking ban

Some call the new ordinance unnecessary while others are completely on board with it.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 6:36 PM

ROSEBURG, ORE. -- The City of Roseburg has officially passed an ordinance that bans smoking from large events downtown.

It passed at the Oct. 28 city council meeting and went into effect nearly two weeks ago.

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

However, many people told KEZI 9 News that they still have mixed feelings about the new law.

Some people said they feel like the law is completely unnecessary, especially for those who live in downtown without anywhere to smoke.

“It’s not going to stop anybody, it’s not going to help anybody, it’s just going to be more of an inconvenience for people,” said Keith Weir.

Other people said they’re completely on board with the new law in hopes of it benefitting the community in the long run.

“It’s health reasons,” said Duane Taylor. “But some people might not come downtown because of the smoke, and maybe we’ll get more people down here.”

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

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