Oregon moves to ban smoking on beaches
The move by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department follows a ban on smoking at most other state-park property, which was enacted earlier this year.
Agency spokesman Chris Havel says the move is partly in response to concerns that the earlier ban would push more smokers onto beaches, creating additional litter.
The agency plans to take public comment on the proposal through Aug. 29. It intends to hold public discussion sessions in Seaside, Newport, Coos Bay and Salem.
Under a 1967 law championed by then-Gov. Tom McCall, the state controls the entire coast, up to the line of vegetation, and the public has free access.