posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 06:57 PM
The state of Hawaii is pondering the enacting a law that would prohibit smoking on public beaches. The ban would also extend to parks as well. While
several cities have already enacted this type of ban, Hawaii would be the first state to do so. Opponents of the measure have warned that
international tourism may suffer, but supporters point to the restaurant ban that has had no effect.
HONOLULU - Visitors flock to Hawaii's shores to snorkel, surf and sink their feet into the unblemished white sands of the state's beaches. But
camouflaged among the coast's glassy granules lies a hidden peril — seemingly indestructible cigarette butts cast away by smokers.
In a state where every beach is public, it is possible to light up in the sand outside the toniest oceanfront homes.
State lawmakers want that to stop. Under a bill before the Legislature, smoking would be banned on public beaches and parks, and cigarette butts would
have to be tossed only into designated trash bins. Violators could be fined $250.
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Nothing kills me more than to spend half a day hiking to get to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and finding cigarette butts scattered
about the summit. it perplexes me as to why most smokers feel that the world is thier ashtray. I hope to see California push this soon.