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Goodbye, tobacco


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: DAVID ROZA - Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Director Tom Gamble steadies one of the citys new anti-tobacco signs as Parks Supervisor Steve Huffman pounds it into the ground at Rogers Park. The two posted 10 signs last Wednesday -- one at each of the citys parks. City councilors recently banned all tobacco and smoking -- including chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes -- from all city parks, open spaces, trails and parking lots and from city events such as the farmers market, First Wednesday and Holiday Light Parade. The sign notes the ban and its effective date, July 9, 2014. So far, Forest Grove police have handled only two cases of reported smoking, said Capt. Mike Herb, including one Tuesday afternoon, where someone reported three males smoking marijuana in Rogers Park. When contacted by police, the men said No, we werent smoking marijuana. We were smoking cigarettes, Herb said. The officers then informed them of the new city law. Officers issued a similar warning when they confronted a smoker in a city park earlier this month.

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