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House passes smoking ban in public housing

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:51 p.m. HST, Apr 04, 2014

Residents in public housing might soon have a harder time finding a place to smoke.

The Hawaii House approved a proposal to ban smoking in public housing on Friday.

Rep. Scott Saiki says the proposed ban reflects a growing trend in high-rise condominiums that have banned smoking.

Under the bill, all new leases and permits for public housing must state that smoking is prohibited. If a tenant violates the rule, he or she could be evicted.

Opponents say smokers shouldn't be thrown out on the street. Rep. Gene Ward says the bill lacks aloha.

The bill (SB 651) was already approved by the Senate. But because the House changed the bill, the chambers must agree on any changes before sending it to the governor for his approval.

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1local wrote:
how about banning drug use in public housing also?
on April 4,2014 | 04:21PM
nyewarrior wrote:
Well, this will help cure the homeless problem won't it. The message from the legislature is "If you smoke, go live on the beach."
on April 4,2014 | 05:25PM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
The message is "If you smoke you should stop"
on April 4,2014 | 06:33PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Anyone living in public housing who can afford to buy cigarettes can afford to live elsewhere if the quit smoking. Evict them.
on April 4,2014 | 05:28PM
bumba wrote:
You're right. Cigarettes are going for more than $8 a pack. A pack a day equates to $320 a month or more just to smoke.
on April 4,2014 | 06:17PM
false wrote:
Rep. Gene Ward needs to be replaced. Doesn't know the meaning of aloha. Of course, he lives in East Oahu, not in public housing.
on April 4,2014 | 05:29PM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
Aloha is stopping people from killing themselves from smoking.
on April 4,2014 | 06:34PM
soundofreason wrote:
and preventing US from paying even MORE for their ensuing medical care.
on April 4,2014 | 07:28PM
bumba wrote:
It's a matter of choices. The tenants can quit smoking and continue living under our, the taxpayers, subsidy or go find somewhere else to live.
on April 4,2014 | 06:19PM
jmarie wrote:
It's about time!
on April 4,2014 | 06:29PM
Hitaxpayer wrote:
Good luck trying to enforce this.
on April 4,2014 | 06:48PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Opponents say smokers shouldn't be thrown out on the street. Rep. Gene Ward says the bill lacks aloha." >>> Us subsidizing THEIR rent so they CAN buy cigarettes is the lack of aloha.
on April 4,2014 | 07:27PM
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