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Smoke Free Beaches in Oregon

Smoke Free Beaches in Oregon

Reduce the prevalence and impact of cigarette butts on beaches, aquatic ecosystems, and in public places in Oregon through education, outreach, clean ups, and government action.


In early 2014, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department adopted rules to prohibit smoking in all State Parks, while exempting smoking in personal vehicles and along the Oregon Shores Recreation Area (Oregon's 362 miles of publicly owned beaches). Given that cigarette butts are the number one littered item in the world, and frequently found during Oregon Surfrider Chapter's beach cleanups as a chronic source of marine debris, all Oregon Surfrider chapters are working together using OPRD’s rulemaking procedures to advocate for the agency to promote smoke free beaches thru adoption of rules for the ocean shore area. The timeline for this campaign is short as OPRD has already initiated rulemaking and the Parks Commission will vote on these rule in September 2014.

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  • State: OR
  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Rise Above Plastics
  • Launch Date: October 01 2013
  • Completion Date: Ongoing