Feb 26,2007 00:00
Bend’s “tobacco-free campus” ordinance, approved by the City Council in November of 2006 in an effort to promote public health in the community, goes into effect Thursday, March 1.
The ordinance regulates the exterior of buildings from the edge of the building to the public sidewalk -- including parking lots. City campuses do not include the public sidewalk within the public right-of-way.
According to Andrea McCullough, the City’s Communications Manager, there are three steps to enforcing the tobacco-free campus ordinance. City police and code enforcement officers, the City Manager, or a designated representative have the authority to first request that a visitor utilizing tobacco products on a city campus discontinue use of that product.
If an individual continues to violate the ordinance after a representative has requested him or her to stop, the individual will be asked to leave the campus.
If the individual fails to cease tobacco use and leave the campus, he or she shall be in violation of ORS 164.245 criminal trespass in the second degree, which is a Class C misdemeanor.