County Commissioners Pass Smoking Ban


By March 1, smoking will be banned on all county-owned property and by July 1 all county-owned land will be tobacco-free zones.

The Umatilla County Commissioners have passed the anti-smoking ordinance on Thursday.

The ordinance not only bans regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes, as well. And don’t think you can get creative – the ban extends to cigars, pipes, vaporizers and – yes – even hookahs.

Smokers were already prohibited from lighting up within 25 feet of a county building’s doors or windows. The new policy will be phased in over the next six months.

Benton, Clatsop, Deschutes, Hood River and Multnomah counties have already adopted tobacco-free policies.