The state of Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast.  

The move by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department follows a ban on smoking at most other state-park property, which was enacted earlier this year.

A spokesperson says the move to include beaches is partly a response to concerns that the earlier ban would push more smokers onto the coastline.  The department also says a smoking ban would reduce litter.

The agency is taking public comment on the proposal through August.  You can comment via email at or at 1 of 4 public hearings. There will be meetings in Seaside, Newport, Coos Bay and Salem.