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News >> Push to expand smoking ban

A limited smoking ban on certain Oahu beaches became law two days ago, and there is now a push to expand the rules to all city beaches on the island.

Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson pushed for an islandwide beach smoking ban last month, but was unsuccessful. He is now introducing a new bill that he hopes will garner support from colleagues.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell supports the idea and has said that he would sign Anderson’s bill into law if the measure is approved by the council.

A statewide smoking law was passed in 2006 and banned smoking inside and within 20 feet of workplace entrances and businesses. Only four citations have been issued since then and the number of recorded complaints has gone from 220 in 2006 to 39 in 2012. Read More