PORTLAND (AP) — Portland is considering further restricting smoking in outdoor public spaces.
The City Council's Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday takes up the proposed ban that would apply to parks and other public spaces.
The Portland Press Herald reported that the staff of the city's Public Health Division is now recommending that smoking be banned in the parks where a permit is required for a public function, such as Tommy's Park, Post Office Park, Monument Park and Lincoln Park.
The staff also recommends that the ban apply to Oatnuts Park, University Park, Heseltine Park, the Presumspcot River Preserve and the Valley Street and Quarry Run dog parks.
Portland now prohibits smoking within 25 feet of playgrounds, beaches and athletic fields.