- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Smoking will no longer be allowed in Eugene-owned parks or natural areas beginning Wednesday.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1qV2cdq ) that though the ban takes effect Jun 1, the city will not be issuing citations for violations but will instead treat next three months as an “education period.”

In hopes of educating the public the city is installing new park signs, passing out fliers and posting a website. Two temporary employees will also serve as park ambassadors, informing the public of the change.

City officials can order a person who violates park rules to leave the park and issue a notice barring them from the premises. Violators can be fined up to $500, be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail, or both.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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