Hawaii, known for its fresh ocean air and pristine beauty, has implemented one of the nation's strictest no-smoking laws. State officials say the new law will protect people from secondhand smoke, but some fear it may deter cigarette-puffing tourists from coming to the islands, especially high-spending visitors from Japan.

The Smoke-Free Hawaii Law went into effect Nov. 16, banning smoking in all public places such as restaurants, bowling alleys, and malls, as well as airports. Many of the islands already had county laws limiting smoking, but lighting up now in partially enclosed areas, bars and less than 20 feet from doorways and windows is illegal.

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Do you think Hawaii will start losing tourism money due to its strict smoking bans?
Hawaii, known for its fresh ocean air and pristine beauty, has implemented one of the nation`s strictest no-smoking laws. State officials say the new law will protect people from secondhand smoke, but some fear it may deter cigarette-puffing tourists from coming to the islands, especially high-spending visitors from Japan.

The Smoke-Free Hawaii Law went into effect Nov. 16, banning smoking in all public places such as restaurants, bowling alleys, and malls, as well as airports. Many of the islands already had county laws limiting smoking, but lighting up now in partially enclosed areas, bars and less than 20 feet from doorways and windows is illegal.

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 6:03:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont care if it does and im sure it will. but i do support Hawaii for doing so.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 6:13:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now they just need to keep smokers off the beaches as well.

I hated when smokers used my favorite beaches as a giant ashtrays.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 7:41:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
YAY HAWAII! *clap clap clap* I love you even more!
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 7:45:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
That sounds great. I'm all for smoking bans. It seemed to me like just about everyone in Hawaii smoked the two times I've been there, so that will make it a more pleasant place to visit.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 8:03:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that most places will lose tourism with the smoking ban.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/4/07 - 8:03:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 1/4/2007 6:13:58 PM wolph wrote:
Now they just need to keep smokers off the beaches as well. I hated when smokers used my favorite beaches as a giant ashtrays.

I smoke on the beach but there are ashtrays there(in beach bars) if there's not one then I usually have a bag with me to put the cigarette butts in so they won't stay on the beach.

13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 1/22/07 - 8:23:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
They banned smoking in Ireland in public places, the work place, bars, restaurants etc three years ago and it didn't effect tourism.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 1/25/07 - 1:58:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's beautiful enough that the smoking bans shouldn't matter much.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/16/07 - 7:12:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's a good thing that they banned smoking.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 11:44:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I knew the backlash would start soon!

Some bars pan Hawaii's tough smoking ban

13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 11:45:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm pretty sure people won't stop going to Hawaii just because of smoking bans.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 11:51:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. California and Arizona and a bunch of other states are doing the same thing.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 11:56:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its possible it could lose some revenue, I don't think a lot though, because its beautiful. I'd love to visit it.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 2/18/07 - 11:56:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, like people just go to Hawai'i to smoke...
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 8/11/07 - 1:13:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
no maybe it will make ppl QUIT smoking.
12 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 2/2/08 - 6:59:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2007-01-04 19:41:12.45 Yumiii wrote:
YAY HAWAII! *clap clap clap* I love you even more!


Thumbs up!!!



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