Oregon Zoo implements tobacco-free policy

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The Oregon Zoo is going tobacco-free beginning May 26.

The use of any tobacco products, including cigarettes, will be prohibited on zoo grounds as part of a wider policy that affects all Metro-operated facilities.

Smoking has long been prohibited inside zoo buildings but has been allowed in designated outdoor smoking areas.

Last May, the Metro Council unanimously approved a policy limiting the use of all tobacco on Metro grounds. The policy is part of larger efforts at Metro to promote health and sustainable communities and maintain clean outdoor spaces free of pollutants.