Smoking and vaping is now prohibited at Lewis & Clark Festival Park in The Dalles. The Dalles City Council recently voted unanimously to do that at the request of the North Central Public Health District and others. The decision aligns Festival Park with the nine parks with The Dalles city limits run by the Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District that have tobacco-free policies. The City’s prohibition does carry with it a $100 fine for those found in violation. Police officers are directed to educate the public about the prohibition rather than issue a ticket when initially enforcing the ban. NCPHD officials say the prohibition will protect the public from secondhand smoke, reduce litter and fire danger, and help people who have quit or are trying to quit tobacco avoid being triggered by being around smoking.