Beaverton no-smoking rule applies to cars

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FILE - Beaverton City Library property is one of the locations where -- as of Sept. 1, 2013 -- smoking is now banned. (KOIN 6 News)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — The city of Beaverton’s new tobacco-free policy rolled into place Sept. 1. And it applies to far more than just its buildings.

“Tobacco use will no longer be permitted anywhere on city-owned or leased properties, as well as any city-sponsored event or venue,” according to the city of Beaverton. The move, according to a news release from the city, is “an effort to encourage healthier lifestyles.”

Until Sunday, tobacco use had been prohibited in city-owned buildings. Sunday’s tobacco ban expansion extends not only to city-owned or leased properties and city-sponsored events or venues, but also to the parking areas of Beaverton City Hall, Beaverton City Library, the city’s Operations Facility, Activities Center and Community Center.

Smoking also is prohibited “inside all privately owned vehicles when parked in the aforementioned areas,” the City of Beaverton reports in its release.

In October 2012, the city accepted a $1.6 million federal grant from the Center for Disease Control to “improve the overall health of the community.” Sunday’s change is to meet one of the requirements of the grant: to increase the number of tobacco-free properties for staff and resident access.

“As a good federal partner, we recognize that the city has a responsibility to protect our visitors and employees from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke,” said Mayor Denny Doyle in a prepared statement. “This step is important as we work towards a culture of tobacco-free living.”

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