Pollution is just one of many negative by-products of smoking. Walk along any shoreline in Hawai'i and you are bound to see cigarette butts and filters in the sand left there by many smokers who just don't care (tourists and locals alike).
Freshman Rep. Kaniela Ing of South Maui has just taken the long-overdue step of introducing House Bill 325, seeking a ban on cigarette smoking on all beaches in the state. If passed, finally those of us who don't want to be forced to inhale the fumes of a smoker or group of smokers downwind will be able to breathe the fresh air from the trades as we sit on the shore with our family and friends to safely enjoy the most beautiful sunsets on the planet.
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui since August 2000. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to his daily ramblings on Facebook.
Let’s make this smoking ban on our beaches happen. You can do your part by going to www.capitol.hawaii.gov and showing your support for HB325.