No Smoking in Hawaii

No smoking signs have been posted around Oahu parks, beaches and bus stops. It is in preparation for the ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

“This is about the health of the people of Oahu,” says Mayor Kirk Caldwell in a release. “These smoking bands are intended to allow our keiki, residents and visitors to enjoy our beaches and parks without being exposed to cancer-causing second-hand smoke, or to ride TheBus without being exposed.”

I completely agree, Mr. Caldwell! There’s nothing more disgusting than walking right through a puff of smoke or sitting on the beach – only to inhale someone’s second-hand filth. It bothers me because I suffer from asthma, but even if I didn’t have asthma, I’d prefer not inhale carcinogens.

The law is fair because it sets boundaries that both smokers and non-smokers can agree upon. Obviously, we all breathe the same air, which is why it is nice that this ban confines that smoke-filled air to certain areas. It provides everyone with options and rights – whether a smoker or not.

The ban applies within 20 feet of any bus stop sign or any bus shelter. However, the law does not apply to golf courses. Penalties range from a $100 fine for the first violation to $500 for three or more violations.

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