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Keep cigarettes off all our beaches


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii's beaches rank high on the list of the state's finest assets, which is why community leaders here are right to rail against treating them like ashtrays. Smoking represents a threat to public health and, when cigarette refuse is lapped up in the waves, a poison for marine life.</p>
<p>The instinct to safeguard the shoreline has produced smoking bans at Oahu and Hawaii island beach parks. But much more needs to be done, and soon, with the advent of new tourism markets being tapped in China and other countries where smoking is even more prevalent than it is here.</p>
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Hawaii's beaches rank high on the list of the state's finest assets, which is why community leaders here are right to rail against treating them like ashtrays. Smoking represents a threat to public health and, when cigarette refuse is lapped up in the waves, a poison for marine life.

The instinct to safeguard the shoreline has produced smoking bans at Oahu and Hawaii island beach parks. But much more needs to be done, and soon, with the advent of new tourism markets being tapped in China and other countries where smoking is even more prevalent than it is here. Login for more...



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