On the second day of the 2014 Legislative Session, a measure is underway at the State Capitol to ban smoking at all beaches across the state.
Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing says the measure is slated for a joint committee hearing next Wednesday at the State Capitol.
Ing says cigarette butts are the primary cause of litter, in addition to health risks to smokers and those who endure second-hand smoke.
He says smoke-free beaches will preserve our shorelines and marine ecosystems as well as promote the health of beachgoers.
On Monday, more than 14,000 cigarette butts were collected on Maui beaches in a two-hour span.
Honolulu implemented a smoking ban at all city beaches and parks at the beginning of the year.