Enforcement of new Maui smoking ban delayed

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Enforcement of a new smoking ban at Maui County parks, beaches and recreational facilities has been delayed.

Officials say full implementation will require more time because signs warning the public about the new ban must still be produced.

The Maui News says that frequently asked questions about the ban also must be developed for the county website.

County spokesman Rod Antone says that when the Maui County Council approved the ban, it did not include funds for signs.

The ban became law in late April.

It applies to smoking and the use of tobacco products in county parks and recreational facilities, including Waiehu Golf Course.

Fines for violations range between $100 for first offenses and $500 for additional offenses.

Park rangers and police also may issue warnings for offenses.

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