Eugene considers downtown smoking ban

City ordinances already outlaw smoking in workplaces and outside building entrances

In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, a person smoking a Marlboro cigarette, a Phillip Morris product, is shown in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, a person smoking a Marlboro cigarette, a Phillip Morris product, is shown in Hialeah, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene is mulling a sidewalk smoking ban.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports that the City Council on Wednesday is set to discuss whether it should ban smoking on downtown sidewalks and in other outdoor public places, such as the Park Blocks and Broadway Plaza. No vote is expected yet.

City ordinances already outlaw smoking in workplaces and outside the entrances of buildings throughout Eugene, including downtown.

The upcoming discussion was requested by Councilor Greg Evans, who said he eventually would like to see smoking outlawed in all public places in the city.

Evans says he wants to see a healthier city. He himself has asthma and is allergic to cigarette smoke and other irritants, and his father died from lung cancer when he was 4 years old. He calls second-hand smoke “an assault on people’s ability to breathe.”

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