What exactly does the new rule prohibit?

The use of any smoking instrument or device is prohibited in all of the public spaces within the downtown core, unless a private establishment has chosen to opt-out of the rule. If a private establishment is approved to opt-out of the rule, some or all of the public right-of-way immediately adjacent to its property could be exempt from the rule.

If a place of employment property owner outside of the downtown core would like to make the public spaces immediately adjacent to their property smoke-free, they may request to do so. This would prohibit using any smoking instrument or device immediately adjacent to their property.

These options are in addition to the current rules which includes smoke-free parks; areas outside government owned facilities that are within 25 feet of doors, entries, or pathways thereto, such as patios, walkways, and sidewalks; and areas within 10 feet of any other public doorway. A smoking instrument or device is defined as cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, clove cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, and other related products.

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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?