Report - Honolulu Mayor Signs Bills to Prevent Smoking At Oahu Beaches

hawaii surfingThe Huffington Post is reporting that smoking at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu will be prohibited next year.

According to the story, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed two bills Sunday at Waikiki Beach that ban smoking starting January 1 at bus stops and parks, including beaches, playgrounds, swimming pools and athletic fields. Before the bans take effect on Jan. 1, city officials will be posting signs and informing residents and tourists.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bills were initially scheduled to take effect when the mayor signed them but more time was needed for public education.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforces rules from the high water mark to the water's edge. But the department has given the city permission to enforce the rules in the water at Kuhio Beach Park.

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