A change is coming to many state-controlled properties beginning Jan. 1, 2013: Governor Kitzhaber has signed an Executive Order making most state-controlled properties tobacco-free. ODOT is adopting this change as agency policy.
- Smoking is already prohibited inside all State of Oregon facilities by Oregon’s Smokefree Workplace Law that went into effect in January 2002.
- The Governor’s executive order further prohibits smoking on the properties adjacent to state buildings, including parking lots and state-controlled sidewalks and greenways.
The executive order excludes state agency grounds maintained primarily for use by the public, such as highway rest areas, public roads, public sidewalks and public beaches; it also provides more time for state parks and state universities to implement the order.
However, ODOT-owned or controlled buildings must comply with the order beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
You can find more information online at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/Tobacco-free-ODOT.aspx.