• Petitioning Amanda Fritz

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City Commissioner
Amanda Fritz

Ban Smoking in City Parks and Plazas in Portland, Oregon

    1. Petition by

      7th Grade Class at Southwest Charter School

We the citizens of Portland, Oregon would like you to ban smoking in public parks. Smoking in public places does not encourage a healthy lifestyle. Children who see people smoking in public parks may think that it is socially acceptable and start smoking themselves. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that secondhand smoking can cause lung cancer and other diseases. A Study from Stanford University (2007) showed that being within a few feet of a smoker is comparable to indoor levels of smoke. Also, second hand smoke is harmful to people who don't even smoke by taking away their freedom to not be harmed by smoking. It is hard to enjoy nature and play when the air is filled with cigarette smoke. We encourage you to follow in the footsteps of other cities such as New York, Chicago, San Jose, Medford, Portland, Maine and the state of Oregon who recently banned smoking in state parks (Feb. 2014), by banning smoking in parks and plazas in the city of Portland.

To:
Amanda Fritz, City Commissioner
Ban Smoking in City Parks and Plazas

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Doyle Thibert PORTLAND, OR
      • 4 months ago

      I am unable to breathe in my own apartment (HUD) Housing because of the cigarette addicts nearby. I am sick all the time when walking downtown Portland or in a Portland Park.

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    • Jonathan Vlas PORTLAND, OR
      • 4 months ago

      In addition, I think public sidewalks should be included in this ban. I think it is a right of every citizen to be able to walk in public places without being subjected to a known carcinogen. Almost daily I have to walk behind someone on my way to school that is casually exhaling smoke in directly in front of me. People also tend to crowd around entrances of building so that you must cross their smoke cloud in order to enter.

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    • Gisela Cory PORTLAND, OR
      • 4 months ago

      I live in downtown Portland and would enjoy walking in the Park Blocks without having to dodge smokers along my walk.

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    • Richard Krane PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      what can be worse than playing baseball or soccer and when you need a big breath, you instead get a big cloud of cig smoke in your lungs?

      Also, since the bars do not allow smoking, people are using the parks as bars - as a place to smoke (and drink too).

      I am ASHAMED! that Portland is less livable than other progressive cities who believe in clean air.

      If this fails, I will actively campaign against ANY city council member who opposes clean air in parks.

      Finally, we also need to clean the air at our public beaches - sauvie is. & the marine drive are & the willamette river

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    • Eve Kathleen Farrell PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 months ago

      I believe that public parks should be safe for children and other citizens. Having people smoking in public parks is not healthy for those around the smoker.

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