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Oregon state property tobacco ban in effect

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

State workers in Oregon can no longer smoke or chew tobacco outside their offices.

The executive order that Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Aug. 2 banning tobacco on state property went into effect Tuesday, which means workers will have to find places away from work to indulge in tobacco.

The Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority and Department of Parks and Recreation have until the end of 2014 to come up with a plan that will allow their employees to comply with the ban. Prisons, for example, are so large and the working areas so far from privately owned land that it’s unclear where those employees will go to smoke.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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