How will the smoke-free policy be enforced?

The primary method of enforcement will be education and asking for voluntary compliance. Community members are one of the best enforcement tools for a smoke-free policy. Most people do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke, and are willing to speak up if they are being exposed and know a rule is in place that is being violated. Community members can help by asking people to follow the rule and stop smoking where it is prohibited. This is how similar laws in other cities have worked, including places like Fort Collins and Boulder, Colorado.

While a violation of City smoke-free rules is a misdemeanor which could lead to a citation, the goal is to receive voluntary compliance or movement of the activity outside of the smoke-free area.

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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?