MEDFORD, 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.