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Hawaii considers state-wide smoking ban on beaches

Publication Date: 2005-02-22
  • Author:Tara Godvin
  • Publication:Pittsburg (PA) Post Gazette

Visitors flock to Hawaii's shores to snorkel, surf and sink their feet into the unblemished white sands of the state's beaches. But camouflaged among the coast's glassy granules lies a hidden peril -- seemingly indestructible cigarette butts cast away by smokers.

In a state where every beach is public, it is possible to light up in the sand outside the toniest oceanfront homes.

State lawmakers want that to stop. Under a bill before the Hawaii State Legislature, smoking would be banned on public beaches and parks...