The city council of Eugene, Oregon, US has decided to discuss whether the ban on smoking should apply for the downtown sidewalks and other outdoor public places, such as the Park Blocks and Broadway Plaza.
Smoking in workplaces and outside entrance of buildings throughout Eugene is already an outlaw. Councilor Greg Evans appealed for the cause and said that smoking should soon be banned in all public places in the city.
Evans said that he wants to see a healthier city. "It's time for us to move toward having a healthier community, and reducing behaviors that are more than a public nuisance." He calls second-hand smoke "an assault on people's ability to breathe."
Hammond said that residents regularly complain about having to breathe second-hand smoke as they walk through downtown. People also complain about second-hand smoke in parks, "especially in high-use areas such as running trails and playgrounds," she said.