The Honolulu City Council approved the plan to ban smoking at certain Oahu beaches Wednesday. The bill, which includes Waikiki, Ala Moana Park and Sandy Beach, passed the important third reading by a vote of 8-1.
The lone "no" vote came from Councilmember Ikaika Anderson, who opposed the plan while arguing it makes more sense to ban smoking at all beaches and parks instead of just a few.
Anderson introduced an amendment to ban smoking at all beaches and parks. It was voted down by colleagues. Many felt it would be best to implement the ban first and expand later if the law seems to be working.
The bill will now go to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's desk to approve or veto.
Councilmember Stanley Chang today issued the following
statement: "As we have witnessed from today's passage of Bill 72, CD1,
there is and has been overwhelming support from the public to address the dangers
of second-hand smoke for our millions of beachgoers, as well as the numerous
cigarette butts on our beaches which threaten our ocean ecosystem and the
beauty of our white sand beaches. I want to thank my colleagues and the number
of organizations who assisted us in crafting and ushering passage of this bill.
I also want to especially thank the number of volunteers who continuously
participate in island-wide beach clean-ups."
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