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"The anti-smoking movement has become more sophisticated in its efforts to enact bans and restrictions on smoking.... They have adopted a 'Pac-man' strategy where they attempt to gobble up one community at a time.... The 'Pac-man' strategy makes sense for the antis because it is easier for a group of extremists to have an impact on the local level than in larger jurisdictions.... The solution to 'Pac-man' is statewide pre-emption."

Tina Walls
Philip Morris


All indoor and partially enclosed workplaces and public places in Hawaii are 100% smokefree, including restaurants and bars. The law went into effect on November 16, 2006. Read Hawaii's 100% smokefree law.

Hawaii continues to take action to protect residents, workers, and visitors from secondhand smoke exposure. In 2014, Hawaii prohibited smoking in all properties owned by the state Public Housing Authority. In 2015, Hawaii prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in all smokefree spaces, and extended smokefree protections to state parks. In 2016, the grounds of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation facilities went smokefree.

Prior to the state law, local laws lead the way, with nearly 83% of Hawaii residents living in a county with a strong 100% smokefree law for indoor workplaces or restaurants. The new statewide law is an important step forward to protect those people who were not covered by a local smokefree law.

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For more information on the law, visit Hawaii Smokefree or Tobacco Free Hawaii.
To report a violation, fill out an online form.

Hawaii law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Hawaii.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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