Smoking Ban Under Discussion

SmokingMEDFORD, Ore. — Smoking in Medford parks could be a thing of the past if Parks and Recreation officials have their way.

The department is urging the Medford City Council to create an ordinance to ban smoking and other tobacco products from all Medford parks.

Currently, there are park rules in place prohibiting smoking, but the parks director says it is difficult to enforce without a city citation behind it.

“A lot of it is peer pressure right now to ask people to refrain from using tobacco products and things that create smoke in our parks which include e-cigarettes as well,” said Parks Director Brian Sjothun.

The city council ran out of time at Thursday’s study session to hear more about the proposal. They will talk more about it at another meeting on January 30th.


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  1. Sammie says:

    How irritating. It’s one thing to MAYBE ban cigarettes as it is not always easy to go ask someone to not smoke and may not always be well received – esp if you are having a family gathering or something. I get that. But e-cigarettes? Why not just tell everyone when they can take a sip of water. Good grief! I am really getting sick and tired of little groups of holier-than-thou people telling everyone else how they will and won’t live – esp. if it does not impact them in any way – such as somebody out in great, big nature in a giant park a million miles away from you taking a puff on a slighting tabacooey – not burnt even – smelling electronic water vapor producer. Get a life!

    1. Judy says:

      I agree with Sammy. This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

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