HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 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.
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