Oregon May Ban Smoking Along Coast

Move would outlaw cigarettes on 362 miles of state beaches

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2014 5:44 AM CDT | Updated Jul 25, 2014 7:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Smoking may soon be off limits all along Oregon's coast—more than 360 miles of beaches, reports AP. The state is now taking public comment on the proposed ban, which could punish smokers with a $110 fine. (Though rangers say they'd mostly issue warnings, at least at first.) The idea is to cut down on cigarette butts and make the rules consistent with smoking bans on most state land in the interior. Oregon controls the entire coast under a decades-old law. (No word on whether e-cigs would be restricted, too, as they are in New York City.)

A couple walks along Bastendorff Beach near Charleston, Ore.
A couple walks along Bastendorff Beach near Charleston, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People walk along the beach in Newport, Ore.
People walk along the beach in Newport, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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