New smoking ban goes into effect on OahuUPDATED 8:06 PM HST Jan 01, 2014Video Transcript
new restrictions against smoking... The City's new ban is making it harder for smokers to find a place to legally "light up." KITV4's Brenton Awa has the details. Paula -- the new smoking ban went into effect today. It was already in place at some city beach parks but now it covers 284 parks across Oahu. Sand, surf, and smokes? Not anymore! Smoking just became a no-no in all city parks... And lots of people we talked to had no idea! 132 - 135 - LAILA GROVES - KANEOHE RESIDENT "DID YOU KNOW THE BAN WAS IN PLACE TODAY? NO." But she's happy it is... 142 - 144 - LAILA GROVES "I THINK IT'S GOOD." As did most people that we spoke with at beaches today ... Supporters of the new law say the bottom line is public health. 2:39 - 2:49 - JENNY SON - KANEOHE RESIDENT "I THINK IT'S GREAT BECAUSE I RUN ON THE BEACH AND SOMETIMES I WOULD RUN BY THE SMOKERS AND IT WOULD REALLY AFFECT ME, BOTHER ME WHEN I'M BREATHING REALLY HARD AND RUNNING." It's also illegal to smoke at city beach parks -- or within 20 feet of City bus stops. Meanwhile -- some smokers say the City's rules have gone too far. 7:10 - 7:21 - TIM THOMAS - SMOKER "THERE'S JUST WAY TOO MANY RULES, I THINK IT'S WRONG, I THINK IT'S TOO RESTRICTIVE, I THINK THERE'S TOO MANY VOCAL MINORITIES TRYING TO CONTROL WHAT PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY GO TO THE BEACH, I THINK THAT'S WRONG." But non-smokers say not only will this reduce cigarette trash -- it'll also get rid of awkward encounters. 330 - JENNY SON - KANEOHE RESIDENT "YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO OFFEND THEM AND YOU DON'T WANT TO GET INTO BIG ALTERCATIONS SO BASICALLY YOU PUT UP WITH IT BUT IT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE." 1259 - 1308 - Ming Lok - Honolulu "THEY JUST PUFFING THEIR CIGARETTE AND I FEEL THAT IS VERY OFFENSIVE." Smokers don't agree... 653 - 701 - TIM THOMAS - SMOKER "I THINK THAT'S WRONG, IT'S OUTDOORS, I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE BEACH WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS OF SMOKING." There's still one loophole that ALLOWS smokers to light up at the beach... A fine line at the waters edge -- where the city can't enforce because it's the states jurisdiction. If you are caught breaking the rules -- the fine is 100 dollars for the first offense and 500 bucks for 3 or more. This law does NOT include e- cigarettes.