SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The first of four public commenting forums on whether the state should ban smoking at all Oregon beaches is set for Seaside at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
In late July, the state of Oregon announced steps toward banning smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast.
The move by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department follows a ban on smoking at most other state-park property, which was enacted earlier this year.
A primary reason for the proposed ban is an environmental concern about plastic cigarette butts.
At the public comment sessions, topics to be discussed include the restrictions, how they would be enforced and what, exactly, are the environmental impacts.
The other public comment sessions will be held on Thursday at Central Lincoln PUD in Newport, the Coos Bay Public Library on Aug. 26 and in Salem at the North Mall Office Building on Aug. 28.
The public comments will then be presented to the Parks and Recreation commission on September 17, with a final recommendation set for November 19 in Astoria.