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Smoking in Hawaii
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Smoking is banned in all restaurants, most indoor public places, and some outdoor public places in Hawaii. Smoking is still permitted in bars and nightclubs that are completely separate from restaurants. A no-smoking ban that would include bars and nightclubs is supported by most of the people who live in Hawaii, but bar and nightclub owners are concerned about what it would do to their businesses, especially since a large number of visitors from Asian countries are smokers. Most of the laws against smoking in Hawaii are county laws, so laws will vary a bit from island to island, but there is a movement in Hawaii to pass more state-wide anti-smoking legislation.

Honolulu County Smoking Laws
A 1997 Honolulu County law banned smoking in every workplace except restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and in 2002 restaurants and bars within restaurants were added to the ban. Smoking is also not permitted in hotels (except inside certain hotel rooms), elevators, museums, libraries, galleries, hospitals, auditoriums, movie theaters, schools, banks, retail stores, food courts rest rooms, and common areas in apartment buildings. Outdoor areas where smoking is not permitted include the Honolulu Zoo, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, and the outdoor Waikiki Shell amphitheater. Honolulu County's anti-smoking laws do not cover in stand-alone bars, nightclubs, and private hotel rooms.

Hawaii County Smoking Laws
Hawaii County passed its first anti-smoking laws in 1983 and 1995. Those laws banned smoking in some public places and they also required restaurants with a capacity of more then 40 persons to designate a no smoking area. A 2004 law extended the Hawaii County smoking ban to cover all enclosed places and workplaces, all restaurants regardless of size, all bars within restaurants, all areas of bowling alleys, all taxicabs, and all common areas of a hotel. Smoking is still permitted in stand-alone bars, private homes, and hotel rooms designated as smoking rooms.

Maui County Smoking Laws
In 1997 Maui County passed a law banning smoking in some public places and in 2002 that smoking ban was extended to cover restaurants. Public places covered under the Maui County no-smoking laws include restaurants, restaurant bar areas, elevators, hospitals, auditoriums, movie theaters, museums, libraries, galleries, grocery stores, drug stores, common areas in apartment buildings, taxicabs, and public areas of hotels. Stand-alone bars and nightclubs are not covered by the smoking ban.

Kauai County Smoking Laws
In 1987 Kauai County passed its first law restricting smoking in certain public places, and in 2002 another law was passed that added the dining area within restaurants and large workplaces to that smoking ban. A law passed in 2003 extended the no-smoking ban to cover workplaces with more then 5 employees, bar areas within restaurants, and public places such as museums, libraries, galleries, retail stores, schools, banks, hospitals, common areas of hotels, and common areas of apartment buildings. Kauai County Restaurants are permitted to change their use from a restaurant to a bar during specified and posted hours, and smoking is be allowed during the bar hours. Smoking is also permitted in smoking designated hotel rooms and bars not attached to restaurants. For information about the anti-smoking movement on Kauai, see the Web site of the Tobacco Free Kauai Coalition.



Articles and News About Smoking in Hawaii
- Hawaii Public Opinion is Against Smoking
- Hawaii Considers Smoking Ban on Beaches
- Study Says Fewer Hawaii Students are Smoking
- Tobacco.org - Hawaii News
- Smoke Free World - Hawaii News

Hawaii Anti-Smoking Laws
- Timeline of Smoking Laws in Hawaii (PDF file)
- Hawaii Laws on Smoking (PDF file)
- University of Hawaii Smoking Policy

Organizations, Coalitions, and Programs
- Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii
- Clear the Smoke Hawaii
- Healthy Hawaii Initiative
- State of Hawaii Tobacco Prevention Program



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