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Smokers feeling pushed out by ban

Publication Date: 2006-05-05
  • Author:Rosemarie Bernardo
  • Publication:Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The state Legislature approved a bill this week to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, banning smoking in enclosed and partially enclosed public places and workplaces, including bars, restaurants and shopping malls. The bill, supporters say, is meant to better protect the health of workers and patrons.

Smoking will also be banned from hotel lobbies and lanais as well as airports.

The measure includes a provision that prohibits smoking within 20 feet of building entrances and exits, open windows and ventilation intakes.

Gov. Linda Lingle has until July 11 to sign Senate Bill 3262 into law. In the meantime, the bill will be reviewed by Lingle and various departments, including the Department of Health. If signed, the bill will go into effect on Nov. 16.