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Council OKs smoking ban at city parks, bus stops

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:05 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2013

<br />CTY - An unidentified man smokes a cigarette near the ocean on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Waikiki Beach.  The smoking ban already has passed out of its first committee by a 4-1 vote, and appears poised to pass Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the second of three required votes.  The bill, whose primary concern is cigarette butt litter and the effects of second-hand smoke, would ban smoking at Kapiolani Park and its surrounding areas, Kuhio Beach Park, Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park, the beach portion of Ala Moana Park and Sandy Beach Park.(Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).<br />

Smoking will be banned at all city parks, beaches and bus stops under bills passed by the Honolulu City Council this morning.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell has stated he supports the intent of both bills and is expected to sign them.

The bans will take effect Jan. 1 to allow for public education and time for the city to put up signs about the bans.

A majority of the testifiers of Bill 25, which bans smoking at Oahu’s 293 city-owned parks and beaches, supported the bill although there was a smattering of people against it.

Supporters said the bill would help the environment and make public recreational spaces healthier for beach and park-users. But opponents said the bill goes too far and encroaches on people’s rights.

Similar arguments were made from both sides regarding Bill 28, banning smoking at the city’s roughly 4,000 bus stops.

Both bills were approved unanimously.

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