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  • Smoking banned at Medford parks

  • The Medford City Council banned smoking in Medford parks and other facilities.
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  • The Medford City Council banned smoking in Medford parks and other facilities.
    On a unanimous vote today, the council passed an ordinance that makes city-owned properties tobacco- and smoke-free.
    "There will be no second-hand smoke in parks," Councilor Eli Matthews said.
    He said Medford is the 902nd community in the nation to pass a smoke-free rule for parks and the 16th in the state.
    The only exception will be a designated smoking area at U.S. Cellular Park.
    Existing signs in parks will soon have additional decals installed alerting residents that smoking is not permitted.
    The ordinance bans lighted tobacco products, lighted tobacco paraphernalia, as well any other lighted weed or plant. Lighted pipes, hookahs, cigars and cigarettes are all banned. Also, electronic cigarettes and similar devices would be prohibited.
    The ban includes substances containing tobacco leaf, including cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco or other preparations containing tobacco.
    Anyone violating the smoking ban would be subject to a fine of up to $250.
    — Damian Mann
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