Smoking ban moves forward in Ashland

A smoking ban has passed a first reading of Ashland City Council. (KTVL/Will Maetzold)

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A smoking ban in Ashland is one step closer to becoming a law.

The city council passed the first reading of the ordinance on Tuesday.

The new rule would prohibit smoking at restaurants, in enclosed spaces open to the public and downtown.

Part of this law also applies the Oregon law to smoking in public places.

"More of the businesses were supportive of it than not," council member Stefani Seffinger said. "As it turned out, more of the businesses also felt like it would not affect the tourist population that would come in a negative way."

The second reading of the ordinance will be on May 3.

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