Smokers Light-Up In Final Hours Before Ban

Bob Askew
Bob Askew

By Paul Drewes

(KHNL) - The night before smoking is banned in bars and around workplaces in Hawaii, many smokers are lighting up legally around town - one more time.

For smokers the last taste of freedom to light up, tastes a lot like cigarettes or cigars.

That's what they are lighting up, with a passion for puffing.

The smokey haze is thick at the popular bar O'Tooles Irish Pub.

Where you can not only get a drink to go with your smoke, you can also get smokes!

O'Toole's not just allows smoking, but also encourages it.

And patrons feel right at home lighting up.

While many are angry over Thursday's smoking ban, some are not prepared to put away their cigarettes without a fight.

"The first 50 dollar fine I have to pay, I will fight," said Bob Askew. "I have an attorney who wants to take this one on and I think it should be taken on. It's a civil rights thing. This is our right."

While bars and workplaces will be smoke-free, we did find one place where you will still be able to light up after Thursday.

A cigar shop in town claims to be exempt from the ban, since they're in the business of just selling smokes.

In addition to the ban inside bars, Thursday's smoke-free rules also require those lighting up around workplaces to do so at least 20 feet from the building.