What are the benefits of smoke-free public spaces?
  • Creates a healthy and welcoming space for Eugene residents and visitors
  • Reduces exposure of children and youth to smoking and tobacco use, protecting their health and discouraging them from starting a potential lifelong addiction that is harder to quit the earlier it is started
  • Supports individuals who are trying to quit smoking or tobacco use or have already quit
  • Protects public spaces from environmental degradation caused by littering of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the biggest form of litter worldwide, release toxicants into the environment, and take approximately 10 years to decompose
  • Protects parks and natural areas from fire risks

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in our community and each year over 700 people in Lane County die from tobacco-related illnesses. That means about 1 in 4 deaths is caused by tobacco use.

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1. What are the benefits of smoke-free public spaces?
2. What is included in “public spaces?"
3. When will this policy take effect?
4. Where is the downtown core?
5. What exactly does the new rule prohibit?
6. Will the policy apply to events that take place in Eugene’s downtown core?
7. How will the smoke-free policy be enforced?
8. I have a business in the downtown core. Is there an option to opt-out of this rule for public space that is adjacent to my private establishment?
9. What are the impacts if my private establishment chooses to opt-out?
10. My commercial property is outside the downtown core. Is there an option to opt-in to this rule?
11. How will the community become aware of the rule change?
12. Did the community have a chance to comment on the proposed rule change?
13. Why are e-cigarettes prohibited?
14. What are some of the benefits of quitting smoking?
15. What resources are available to help people quit smoking?