Lawmakers could make it hard to light up on Oahu

Published On: Jul 07 2013 06:21:00 PM HST

Lawmakers could get one step closer to making it harder to light up in Oahu. This week two smoking bills face final readings.

Smoking at all city and county public parks could become illegal. A possible ban that's sparking joy in some beach lovers.

"I feel that we all have a collective responsibility to one another to support one another's health, especially for the children," said Luanna Peterson, a supporter of the bill.

"It's one of those things we want to enjoy the beach and not have to worry about butts," said beach-goer Judi-an Smith-Kauhane.

Public parks, includes many popular beaches, golf courses, swimming pools, and other recreation facilities, it's a total of 293 places. Thinking that the days of enjoying a smoke on a city park bench could be over has some people fuming.

"I think it's bad because we are out in the open air, so I do think there should be a designated smoking area at parks away from the children for all of us who do smoke," smoker Desareigh Sweet.

"Outdoor, I think the smoke dissipates enough that it's not harming anybody. Pretty soon it's going to be you can't smoke in your own home," said Brian Johnson who is against the bill.

Another bill would make it illegal to smoke at city and county bus stops and that's making some bus commuters upset.

"If you want to smoke and you go in the back where you aren't bothering people you should be OK as long as kids don't have to breathe it," said smoker Lisa Yelas.

But, some mothers who have to take the bus say avoiding smokers is nearly impossible.

"I have three kids and they have asthma and I go to church every Sunday and it's very hard for me to ignore it," said mother Alice Fairbanks.

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The fine for lighting up is $100 for the first offense. The final readings are on Wednesday. If the bills pass, they will go to the mayor for signature.


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