Committee approves smoking ban bill
HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu City Council committee has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban smoking at all 293 city parks and beaches.
The Council Public Safety and Economic Development Committee took up the bill on Tuesday. The committee amended the bill so that it would not take effect until Jan. 1.
Representatives from the Coalition for Tobacco Free Hawaii, the Outdoor Circle and Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii testified in support of the bill, citing health and litter concerns. But Michael Zehner, co-chairman of the Hawaii Smokers Alliance, told the Star-Advertiser that the bill erodes everyone’s civil liberties.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell earlier this month signed a bill banning smoking at seven East Honolulu beach parks.