A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Update: Ban smoking in parks?

Written April 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

(Please see the update at the bottom of this story.) We have plenty of rules, so by all means let’s have one more: No more smoking in Albany parks. Or “vaping” either. And if you have bad breath, please, stop breathing altogether lest somebody downwind get an unwelcome whiff.

Beach tobacco ban: Show us the law

Written August 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Before we get overly exercised about the proposal to ban smoking tobacco on Oregon beaches, we might want to ask: Where would the authority for such an action come from? And would a ban stand up in court if someone was charged with a violation of this imperial edict?

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