Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Public Housing Smoking Ban - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Public Housing Smoking Ban

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By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- State legislators on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill that would ban smoking at public housing projects in Hawaii.

Smoking is already prohibited in restaurants and bars. But in response to complaints by non-smokers, lawmakers are considering a measure that would snuff out the smoke at places like Mayor Wright Housing.

Jolyn Tenn opposes the bill, saying cutting smokers off when they're at home crosses the line.

"This is the Government actually reaching inside of everyone's personal space," she said. "It shouldn't be allowed. They are, this bill attacks the poorest of the poor."

The Senate Human Services and Public Housing Committee held the hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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