Dobson Amato, K.A.; Rivard, C.; Lipsher, J.; Hyland, A.," Five
years after the Hawai'i Smoke-free Law: tourism and hospitality economic
indicators appear unharmed," Hawai'i Journal of Medicine
and Public Health 72(10): 355-361, October 2013.
Opponents of Hawai'i's smoke-free law argued that such a law would
lead to a decrease in tourism. The purpose of this study is to determine
if there is evidence of an adverse impact of Hawai'i's smoke-free law
on tourism utilizing data obtained from Hawaiis Department
of Business, Economic Development & Tourism website for tourists
from the United States. ...
ban coming to Oahu shores
Net Globers - October 25, 2013
Hawaii has long been a popular destination for people who travel to
the United States thanks in large part to its untarnished landscape
and beautiful Pacific ...
outreach key to success of smoking ban
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - October 15, 2013
...The thousands of cigarette butts that litter Oahu's beaches are evidence
of more than an addictive, expensive habit. They're also signs that
some smokers ...
Manoa to ban tobacco products on campus
KHON2 - October 3, 2013
Smoking will be banned throughout the University of Hawaii Manoa campus
starting in January. The ban includes e-cigarettes and any other type
of tobacco product.
New Smoke Free Beach Ban in Effect
Hawaii Reporter - September 28, 2013
Fines for smoking are $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second
and $500 for the third. Smoking is also banned in cars at Sandy Beach
as the ban applies to ...
butts about it: smoking prohibited on campus in 2014
The University of Hawaii Kaleo - September 25, 2013
Smoking will not be allowed on campus after a policy prohibiting the
use of all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on campus will
be implemented on Jan ...
smoking please, we're on our holiday: Hawaii brings in strict ...
Daily Mail - August 14, 2013
Once upon a time, it would have been considered one of the gentle pleasures
of a sunny day away a crafty cigarette on the beach while the children
are paddling in the waves. But now, it seems, this little vice is set
to become a thing of the past. At least it is if you dont want a confrontation
with the authorities in Hawaii as the famously tropical US state is
introducing a law that will make it illegal to smoke on its idyllic
curves of sand.
ban on Hawaii's beaches
Telegraph.co.uk - August 13, 2013
It is hoped the ban will prevent non-smokers from breathing second-hand
fumes, ... have already imposed smoking bans on outdoor spaces, such
bans smoking at the beach
WEAR - July 26, 2013
Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed into law two bills that ban
smoking in ... the new laws expand existing regulations banning smoking
in public places.
to be banned at all Oahu beaches, parks and bus stops
Hawaiimagazine.com (blog) - July 24, 2013
Banned earlier this year from lighting up at a handful of popular Oahu
... the Honolulu City Council earlier this month banning smoking in
still more public places on ... Smoking bans at Oahu bus stops will
take effect within the next four months.
smoking bans for all beaches, parks and bus stops ...
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) (blog) - July 22, 2013
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed two bills that ban smoking at
any city beach, park or bus stop as of Jan. 1.
ban in effect for all Oahu parks, beaches, bus stops
KHON2 - July 22, 2013
In July, the city council passed two smoking ban bills. On Sunday, Mayor
Caldwell signed them into law. From now until January 1, city officials
will post signs ...
Caldwell signs smoking ban bills into law
KHON2 - July 21, 2013
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law Sunday two bills banning smoking
at city parks and at TheBus stops. Bill 25 bans smoking at all city
parks and beaches.
plans to hold beach signing for bills that expand smoking ban
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 21, 2013
The bans take effect Jan. ... Mayor Kirk Caldwell plans to sign two
bills today that ban smoking at nearly 300 Honolulu parks and about
4,000 bus stops, his ...
to sign bills banning smoking at beaches, parks
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 20, 2013
Mayor Kirk Caldwell plans to sign two bills Sunday that ban smoking
at nearly 300 Honolulu parks and about 4,000 bus stops, his administration
announced today. Honolulu City Council members unanimously passed bills
25 and 28 on July 10. The bans take effect Jan. 1.
plan to exploit loophole in park smoking ban ($$)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 13, 2013
Some people opposed to a smoking ban at city-operated beaches and parks
say a bill approved by the City Council this week has a loophole that
allows them to light up in state waters along the shoreline. The City
Council on Wednesday passed two smoking bans one at bus stops and another
at city parks. Both would take effect Jan. 1 if Mayor Kirk Caldwell
signs them into law as he has stated he will do.
bans at Honolulu parks and bus stops approved
Hawaii News Now - July 11, 2013
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council is sending a strong
message against smoking. The nine members unanimously approved two measures
that bans lighting up at all bus stops and city parks, beaches, athletic
fields and facilities.
OKs smoking ban at city parks, bus stops
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 10, 2013
Smoking will be banned at all city parks, beaches and bus stops under
bills passed ... for public education and time for the city to put up
signage about the bans. Testimony was split for Bill 25, banning smoking
at Oahu's 293 city-owned parks ...
City Council approves park smoking ban
Thegardenisland.com - July 10, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) The Honolulu City Council is moving to ban smoking at
city parks, beaches and bus stops. The council passed two bills covering
the bans on Wednesday. Mayor Kirk Caldwell is expected to sign the measures.
Bills could ban smoking at Oahu parks, beaches, bus stops
KITV Honolulu - July 9, 2013
What do you think about the possibility of banning smoking at major
Oahu beaches and parks as well as bus stops?
would expand smoking bans
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - June 25, 2013
Three bills designed to curb smoking in public places on Oahu will be
on the agenda of the City Council Public Safety and Economic Development
group meeting Thursday
West Hawaii Today - June 22, 2013
The West Hawaii Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii invites the public
to attend its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kona International
Market's food court.
rule affects smokers in public housing
Hawaii News Now - May 17, 2013
July 1 the Hawaii Public Housing Authority begins enforcing smoking
restrictions at its 85 properties. From then on smoking will only be
allowed in designated areas. "They will be given a warning, first,
second, third and fourth. The worst case scenario, it could be eviction,"
the Authority's executive director Hakim Ouansafi said. He said a survey
of tenants showed 80 percent favor restrictions. Health concerns drove
his decision, especially exposure to second-hand smoke. Safety was another
reason. And cleaning costs waste taxpayer money. "It takes an average
of $3,700 more to get a smoking unit ready versus non-smoking,"
smoking in public housing ($$)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - May 9, 2013
Few states have so many people living in as tight quarters as Hawaii
does so what people do, even within their four walls, can have a greater
effect on their neighbors. This has implications, and one of them is
playing out in the public housing complexes across the state: smoking
is being banned in the housing units. The Hawaii Public Housing Authority
(HPHA), the state agency overseeing the state's 85 public housing properties,
has approved administrative rules now under review by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Then the ban will be carried out, probably sometime after the end of
wants to restrict smoking at bus stops
Hawaii News Now - April 29, 2013
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are about 4,000 bus stops on Oahu,
and right now there are no restrictions on where people who are waiting
for the bus can smoke.
Bus rider John Manini has a rule of thumb when he lights up. "I
walk away from the bus stop," he said. Bill 28 (2013) would force
other smokers at bus stops to follow in his footsteps. City Councilman
Ron Menor introduced it.
Ka'u hospitals going tobacco free
West Hawaii Today - April 29, 2013
Honokaa, Ka'u hospitals going tobacco free. The East Hawaii Region of
Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has adopted a tobacco-free policy
that will go into effect Wednesday. This policy encompasses all hospitals
and associated clinics on the campuses of Hilo Medical Center, Hale
Hoola Hamakua in Honokaa and Kau Hospital, including businesses leasing
office space on property operated by the East Hawaii Region of HHSC.
The use of tobacco products will be prohibited on these campuses, including
the parking lots. ...
presses ban on e-cigarettes
KHON2 - April 18, 2013
It's not just cigarette smokers finding themselves with fewer places
to light up. With the popularity of electronic or e-cigarettes rising,
many places are ...
council passes bill to ban smoking on Oahu beaches
KHON2 - April 17, 2013
Just a week after banning smoking at select Oahu beaches the ban could
be getting bigger. The city council Wednesday passed a bill to ban smoking
at all beaches on Oahu.
Hawaii hospitals, clinics going tobacco-free
Hawaii 24/7 (press release) - April 13, 2013
To further its commitment to improving community health, the East Hawaii
Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation has adopted a tobacco-free
policy that will go into effect Wednesday, May 1. This policy encompasses
all hospitals and associated clinics on the campuses of Hilo Medical
Center, Hale Hoola Hamakua in Honokaa and Kau Hospital, including
businesses leasing office space on property operated by the East Hawaii
Region of HHSC. The use of tobacco products will be prohibited on these
campuses, including the parking lots.
Mayor bans smoking at Oahu's beaches and parks
Hawaii Reporter - April 8, 2013
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today signed a bill that would ban smoking
at Oahu's Kapiolani Park, Kuhio Beach Park, the beach side of Ala Moana
Regional Park, Sandy Beach Park, Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park, Kapiolani
Beach Park and Kapiolani Park Beach Center.
signs smoking ban at certain beaches into law
Hawaii News Now - April 8, 2013
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new law is designed to snuff out smoking
at several beaches and parks on Oahu. The restrictions started on April
8, but police are focusing on education instead of enforcement. Honolulu
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 72 into law to expand the city's smoking
ban. Michael Zehner testified against the measure as part of the Hawaii
Smokers Alliance. He is upset that people won't be allowed to light
up in certain spots.
signs Waikiki beach smoking ban into law
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - April 8, 2013
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Monday signed into a law a bill that
bans smoking at Waikiki Beach and other popular Oahu beaches.
mayor bans smoking on some beaches
Thegardenisland.com - April 9, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii visitors and residents who smoke cigarettes
will have to put them out before stepping foot on some of Honolulu's
condos opt to snuff out smoking ($$)
Honolulu (HI) Star Advertiser - April 7, 2013
SMOKE-FREE condominiums are a small but growing trend in Hawaii, with
a handful of condo owner associations amending their rules in recent
years to prohibit smoking. Now a developer is set to build what is being
described as the first new condo tower built in the state to be 100
percent smoke-free. ...
ban for popular beaches in Honolulu likely to become law
Maui News-April 3, 2013
Smoking ban for popular beaches in Honolulu likely to become law ...
a bill into law that bans smoking at some of Oahu's most popular beaches,
but it first must ...
Beach smoking ban likely to become law
KITV Ch. 4 (Honolulu, HI) - March 30, 2013
A smoking ban at some of Oahu's most popular beaches will likely become
law next week. Mayor Caldwell says he will sign the bill if it passes
a legal review. ...
Council approves smoking ban at certain beaches
KHON2 - March 20, 2013
Smokers could soon be banned from lighting up at the beach. The Honolulu
City Council gave final approval on Wednesday to ban smoking at certain
parks and beaches on Oahu. Ala Moana, Waikiki, Hanauma Bay -- these
are the places included on the ban, mostly in east Oahu. For non-smokers,
they say it's about time.
City Council passes bill to ban smoking at Waikiki Beach
Pacific Business News March 20, 213
The Honolulu City Council voted Wednesday to ban smoking at some beaches
on Oahu, including Waikiki and Sandy Beach in Hawaii Kai. The ban, known
as Bill 72, was proposed by City Councilman Stanley
Exempts Cigars from Tobacco Display Ban Bill
Cigar Aficionado-March 19, 2013
Senate Bill 642, first introduced in January, called for cigarettes
and tobacco ... Display bans such as this already exist in Canada, and
New York City Mayor ...
House committee advances bill to prevent youth from buying electronic
The Republic - March 13, 2013
HONOLULU The Hawaii House Committee on Health has voted to push
forward a bill to stop people under the age of 18 from buying electronic
kids rally against tobacco and electronic cigarettes
Hawaii News Now - March 11, 2013
The product placement restrictions have already been taken out of the
bill, but another idea to make it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes
to kids under 18 is still ...
lawmakers push ban on youth smoking and higher taxes on ...
The Republic - February 6, 2013
HONOLULU Hawaii lawmakers are pushing for tougher laws to curb
tobacco use in the Aloha State, especially among children. State Sen.
Rosalyn Baker wants to prohibit tobacco use and possession for people
under age 18. She also wants to impose a $3.20 excise tax per net ounce
Ing's First Proposal: Statewide Smoking Ban on Beaches
Maui TV News (blog) - January 31, 2013
HB325, introduced by Rep. Kaniela Ing (D, Kihei-Wailea-Makena),
would amend Chapter 328J of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to prohibit
smoking on all beaches in the state. Maui is known for our world-renown
beaches. In addition to the health risk to smokers and risks caused
by second hand smoke, cigarette butts are still one of the primary causes
of litter on Maui. said Representative Ing. I introduced
this measure to keep our beaches clean and ensure that both residents
and visitors are able to enjoy their beach-going experiences and keep
their children safe.
Hawaii Hospitals Go Smoke-Free
Big Island Now - January 10, 2013
Two Big Island hospitals have been recognized for their newly instituted
smoke-free policy. Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua and Kohala
Hospital in Kapa`au became smoke- and tobacco-free on Jan. 1.
Tobacco Sales to Minors Makes Historic Decline
Maui Now - December 10, 2012
Tobacco sales to minors dropped to 4.3%, its lowest level in Hawaii
since the Department of Health initiated the annual survey in 1996.
Here on Maui, there were no sales recorded during a random sampling
of participating stores in the spring of 2012; ...
smoking ban passes second reading at Honolulu City Council
KHON2 - December 6, 2012
A measure to ban smoking at certain beach parks passed second reading
Wednesday ... This bill would "prohibit smoking" at some beaches
and parks including ...
council to decide today on smoking ban at five parks
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - December 5, 2012
A proposal to ban smoking at five popular island beach parks goes before
the City Council today as the current Council wraps up work for the
year and prepares ...
Council to take up proposed smoking ban at 5 parks
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - December 4, 2012
A proposal to ban smoking at five popular island beach parks goes before
the City Council today as the current Council wraps up work for the
year and prepares for a new body of members to take over next month.
A ban on smoking at beaches would enhance Hawaii's reputation
Honolulu (HI) Star Advertiser - December 3, 2012
"Waikiki Beach is a giant ashtray!" So observed a Canadian
visitor, whom I met on the beach at Kapiolani Park.
beaches smoking ban proposal moves forward
Thegardenisland.com - November 29, 2012
HONOLULU (AP) A proposal to ban smoking on Oahu's most popular
... Resident Lancelot Haili Lincoln said a beach smoking ban would violate
the civil and ...
ban at Oahu beaches moves forward
Hawaii News Now - November 28, 2012
HONOLULU (AP) - A proposal to ban smoking on Oahu's most popular beach
parks is moving forward, clearing a committee vote. The Star Advertiser
ban at beaches clears hurdle ($$)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - November 28, 2012
A bill to ban smoking at five of the island's most popular beach parks
got a favorable nod Tuesday from a key City Council committee. The Safety,
Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee voted 4-1 to advance
smoking ban moves past Council committee
Honolulu Star-Advertiser November 27, 2012
A bill banning smoking at several major Honolulu beach parks cleared
the City Councils Safety, Economic Development and Government
Affairs Committee today. The bill, introduced by Councilman Stanley
Chang, would bar smoking at Kapiolani Park, Kuhio Beach, Duke Kahanamoku
Beach Park, the beach side of Ala Moana Park, and Sandy Beach Park.
the health of it, lets give anti-smoking law some teeth ($$)
Pacific Business News November 23, 2012
Heres a gift suggestion for Hawaiis anti-smoking law, which
celebrated its sixth anniversary last week: Lets give it some
teeth. We have indisputable scientific evidence that smoking kills
butts on beach smoking ban
Honolulu Star (HI) - November 14, 2012
And they have data in abundance that support the wisdom of the latest
regulation before the Honolulu City Council: a smoking ban to be implemented
at select ...
smoking ban in parks sparks controversy
Hawaii News Now (HI) - November 14, 2012
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is a new push to prohibit smoking at
several popular beach parks on Oahu. Honolulu City Council member Stanley
proposes smoking ban at 5 city beach parks
Honolulu Star (HI) - November 13, 2012
Smoking would be banned at five public beach parks under a bill City
Council member Stanley Chang will introduced to the Council on Wednesday.
The ban ...
should be banned
The University of Hawaii Kaleo - September 5, 2012
Tasmania, Australia, has taken a stand against smoking by proposing
a ban prohibiting anyone born after the year 2000 from smoking cigarette
smoking be banned in Hawaii?
The University of Hawaii Kaleo - September 5, 2012
Should smoking be banned in Hawaii? Yes: It is a danger to public health
1 33%: No: It is my right to inhale what I ...
reconsiders smoking ban resolution, reaches unanimous vote: non-binding
document urges aloha and respect for non-smokers, proper
tobacco litter disposal
Thegardenisland.com - August 23, 2012
LIHUE A request by members of the Kauai County Council
for all county parks patrons to show aloha and respect
for non-smokers by refraining from smoking near other patrons is now
unanimous. The council on Wednesday reconsidered a vote taken on Resolution
2012-51 two weeks ago, when a lone council member opposed to it.
ban at county parks goes up in smoke
Thegardenisland.com - August 9, 2012
LIHU'E A bill banning tobacco products in county parks, introduced
21 2 months ago by Kaua'i County Councilman Dickie Chang, at first appeared
to be a slam dunk. But after bouncing back and forth between the councils
Parks and Recreation Committee and the full council, the bill died Wednesday
and was replaced by a resolution which has no enforcement authority.
ban bounces back to full council
Thegardenisland.com - August 2, 2012
A bill proposing to ban all tobacco products in county parks almost
turned into a resolution weeks ago, which would take away its enforcement
component. Rather, the bill was sent back to committee and now has morphed
into an anti-smoking bill.
Island neighbors support Bill 2437
Thegardenisland.com - July 9, 2012
The June 25 letter to the editor, On smoking ban in parks,
warrants clearing the air. ... If there is no state law banning smoking
on beaches, then the county law ...
to ban smoking in public housing deserves to become law
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Jul 7, 2012
Some readers may remember my story back in April, about a bill fighting
for its life in the Legislature a bill to ban smoking in Hawaii's
public housing.This is ...
may be sent to parking lot
Thegardenisland.com - July 6, 2012
LIHU'E First, smokers got kicked out of restaurants, bars and
enclosed public establishments. Now, they are getting pretty close to
being confined to parking lots at county parks.
lawmakers shelve smoking ban exemption for bars
Pacific Morning Call, Pacific Business News 2/21/2012
Hawaii lawmakers have essentially shelved a bill that would have
exempted bars and nightclubs from the state's workplace smoking ban.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the House Economic
kills smoking exemption for bars
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Feb 18, 2012
House Bill 2306 would have allowed bar and nightclub owners to post
"smoking permitted" signs in their establishments. It had
advanced out of the House ...
ban on smoking in bars, clubs
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Feb 18, 2012
Chairman Angus McKelvey said he hears reports that the smoking ban in
bars is "a ... Oahu from the 2006 state law that bans smoking in
bars and nightclubs. ...
panel clears smoking ban exception
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - February 17, 2012
By Sarah Zoellick Bar and nightclub owners trying to get an exemption
from Hawaii's ban on indoor smoking were able to further their argument
votes to reverse smoking ban
KHON2 - February 17, 2012
HONOLULU- After years of lobbying lawmakers at the state Capitol, opponents
of Hawaii's workforce smoking ban won a small victory Thursday.
exempting bars from smoking ban advances
Hawaii News Now - February 17, 2012
But state law bans smoking inside the establishment. ... But even he's
concerned over a new challenge to the six-year-old smoking ban.
exempting bars from smoking ban advances
KPUA - February 17, 2012
The Hawaii Bar Owners Association says Hawaii's workforce smoking ban
cost businesses $65,000 last year. As a result, the industry group wants
the state Legislature to let owners decide whether to permit smoking
in adult-only establishments. A House committee on Thursday heard a
proposal to allow bars and nightclubs with liquor licenses to post "smoking
permitted" signs in their establishments. Members approved new
draft of the bill that would allow Oahu owners to decide whether to
allow their patrons and employees to light up indoors.
Issues First Smoking Law Citations In Years
It's Been About Five Years Since The First Person Got A Ticket For
KITV Ch. 4 (Honolulu, HI), 2011-12-11
Keoki Kerr KITV4 News
Waikiki, Hawaii -- For the first time in more than four years, a Honolulu
police officer has issued tickets to bar patrons for breaking the statewide
smoking ban. ...
After 5 Years, Smoking Law Still Lacks Enforcement
Former Gov. Took Four Years To Approve Law's Rules
KITV Ch. 4 (Honolulu, HI), 2011-11-04
Keoki Kerr KITV4 News
Nearly five years after a workplace smoking ban took effect in Hawaii,
there is still no specific plan in place to enforce it. The ban had
a long, slow road to reality, since it took almost four years to put
together the administrative rules for the smoking law. ...
would allow drinkers to light up
Pacific Business News, February 7, 2011
Theres a move afoot at the state Legislature to allow smoking
in most drinking establishments.
SB708 would create a smoking establishment permit that
would allow patrons of bars, cabarets and private clubs to legally smoke.
There are bar owners who ignore the states smoking ban and risk
fines and penalties, but this bill would give them the right to let
their customers puff away for a price.
The cost of a permit runs from $1,000 to $3,000 and money generated
would go into the states general fund. The bill would continue
to ban smoking in restaurants with bars ...
dept. now can enforce smoking ban
PBN biz blog, November 16, 2010
Its been four years to the day since Hawaii enacted a law
that banned smoking from almost all workplaces, and still the law remains
largely unenforced today.
In the months leading up to Nov. 16, 2006, the day the law took effect
Council Proposed Bus Stop Smoking Ban
KITV Honolulu - June 11, 2010
Even smokers interviewed at bus stops Thursday, said they would not
mind a smoking ban. Randolf Palk puffed on a cigarette as he waited
for the bus. ...
near on smoking in cars
Honolulu Advertiser - Jason Armstrong - April 22, 2010
Motorists should not subject children to second-hand tobacco smoke,
Hawai'i County Council members decided Tuesday by voting 5-3 to outlaw
Smoking would be illegal in any motor vehicle occupied by someone less
than 18 years old, according to the bill from Puna Councilwoman Emily
The ban is to protect kids, said Naeole-Beason, who has often credited
her children for helping her quit smoking.
The measure now goes to Mayor Billy Kenoi, who may choose to sign it
into law, allow it to take effect without his approval or veto it.
Kenoi told the Tribune-Herald that he supports the bill's intent of
protecting children's health and safety.
"I will look very favorably on it," he said by phone following
the council's action. ...
Island bill to ban smoking while kids are in car advances
Honolulu Advertiser, 2010-03-17
Jason Armstrong Hawaii Tribune-Herald
A bill that would outlaw smoking in any motorized vehicle occupied
by a child or young adult was advanced yesterday by a 6-3 vote of a
Hawaii County Council committee.
The Human Services and Economic Development Committee's supportive
recommendation sends Bill 216 to the full council for the first of two
votes required for its passage.
If approved as law, the ban would take effect 90 days later.
Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason, the bill's author and a former
smoker, said some people have been unfairly critical of her proposal.
Ban May Extend To Cars
KITV Honolulu - March 10, 2010
HONOLULU -- A smoking ban could soon extend beyond restaurants and
into cars on the Big Island.
A Hawaii County Council member introduced a bill this week to make
it illegal to smoke in the car there is a child as a passenger.
The bill has the support of anti-smoking advocates. ...
serving Hawaii smokers despite ban
KGMB 9 (Honolulu, HI), 2010-03-03
With a cigar smoldering and the smoke wafting throughout, O'Toole's
Irish Pub doesn't hide the fact it serves smokers.
"I'm okay with that. I'm not proud of it. I'm just okay with it.
It's an economic reality," said Bill Comerford, President of E&J
Lounge Operating Co. which runs O'Toole's, Kelley O'Neil's and the Irish
Three years ago the state passed the no smoking bill prohibiting smoking
indoors and within 20 feet of an entrance. Yet Comerford allows smoking
at all three of his bars because he says it's up to police to enforce
the law, not him.
"I can't make an income without customers so it's not my business
to throw customers out of my bar," said Comerford.
Comerford says he's still in compliance with law because he's placed
the no smoking signs and stickers throughout his establishments and
his employees advise the customers there is no smoking. But he also
provides customers with an ash tray. So doesn't that send a mixed message?
"It may be sending a mixed message but I have a responsibility.
I'm sure if the fire department came in and someone had a cigarette
they would expect to have an ashtray," said Comerford. ...
crushes smoking bill
Hawaii News Now - Tim Sakahara - February 10, 2010
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Non-smokers can continue to breathe easy.
A bill that would have allowed bars to get a permit to allow smoking
was extinguished Tuesday at the State Capitol.
The smoking ban went into effect three and a half years ago. Some businesses
say it's put a huge dent in their profits and many smokers and bar owners
are fired up. ...
Push For Smoking Ban Exemption
KITV.com - February 9, 2010
HONOLULU -- A group of bar owners is asking for an exemption from the
state's three-year-old workplace smoking ban.
They want state lawmakers to allow bars to pay an annual fee starting
at $1,000 to allow smoking in their establishments.
Only stand-alone bars -- not restaurants -- would be able to apply
for the exemption.
Proposals to create exemptions from the state's workplace smoking ban
have been introduced in each of the past three years since the ban took
effect, but all of them died in the Legislature.
The man who co-owns O'Toole's Irish Pub and two other bars wants legislators
to allow some bars to pay to exempt themselves from the state's no-smoking
law that went into effect at restaurants and bars in November 2006.
rates in isles decrease significantly
Honolulu Star-Bulletin - Helen Altonn - November 19, 2009
Hawaii's smoking rate has declined dramatically since 2000 and the
American Cancer Society hopes to continue that trend as the 34th Great
American Smokeout is observed today.
The state's smoking rate of 15.4 percent of adults is the fifth lowest
in the country, said Milton Hirata, Cancer Society spokesman.200%
The Cancer Society ACS is offering a variety of resources for anyone
wanting to quit smoking, said Jackie Young, chief staff officer for
the organization. "We know that quitting smoking is tough and that
most smokers have to try several times before quitting for good."
To Enforce Smoking Ban
KITV.com, HI - February 18, 2009
HONOLULU -- The state has had a sweeping smoking ban for more than
two years, but the health department is not enforcing the ban.
The American Cancer Society said more and more bars are ignoring state
smoking prohibitions and complaints are increasing.
Lawmakers considered a new tact Wednesday -- a proposal to have country
liquor inspectors help the state enforce the smoking laws.
may ban smoking on Waikiki Beach
Pacific Business News, February 3, 2009
Hawaii lawmakers will consider a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lighting
up cigarettes on world-famous Waikiki Beach.
State law already prohibits smoking in all enclosed and partially enclosed
workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.
The law has been opposed by some bar and restaurant owners who say it
has hurt business, although anti-tobacco groups say it has had the opposite
House Bill 1509 would prohibit smoking on the beaches of Waikiki from
the shore break to the sidewalk of private property lines.
hotels fining smoking scofflaws
Honolulu Advertiser, 2008-05-19
Robbie Dingeman Advertiser Staff Writer
Smokers who light up in a non-smoking
hotel room in Hawai'i may may find themselves paying several hundred dollars more
for the room cleanup.
Travel Hawaii, a Hawai'i-based Internet retailer,
has set up a database -- www.travel-Hawaii.com/smoking.html -- that details the
smoking policies of hotels throughout the state.
Travel Hawaii owner John
Lindelow said his company updates the information as policies shift. "This
is a rapidly changing area of hotel policy, so we make a lot of phone calls to
stay on top of what the hotels are doing," he said.
So far, the top
charge goes to Aqua Palms & Spa in Waikiki, with a $500 fee to clean a smoke-free
Hotel & Condominium Smoking Policies
In November of 2006, the state of Hawaii instituted a strict new smoking law.
As a result, many Hawaii hotels declared all of their guest rooms to be smoke-free.
This has been a boon to non-smokers, of course, who no longer have to enter a
hotel room with that telltale odor of "smokers past" lingering in the
air. However, smokers aren't happy with such policies, as they won't be able to
stay at smoke-free hotels unless they stash their habit for the length of their
stay, or only smoke "off premises" or in designated areas, which are
usually outside any public area in the hotel, e.g. places like parking lots and
other outside areas that are at least 20 feet from any doors or windows.
entire Hawaii hotel chains have declared all of their rooms to be smoke-free.
* Outrigger and OHANA Hotels Hawaii
* ResortQuest Hotels
* Marriott Resorts Hawaii
advocates accepted the ANR 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence
2004 National Tobacco OR Health Conference in Boston.