The Honolulu city council March 20 approved a bill that would ban smoking at several Oahu beaches, including beaches in Waikiki and Ala Moana, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach on the island’s east coast.

Bill 72, which must be signed by Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell to become law, also bans smoking in Kapiolani Park east of Waikiki.

“There is and has been overwhelming support from the public to address the dangers of second-hand smoke for our millions of beachgoers, as well as the numerous cigarette butts on our beaches which threaten our ocean ecosystem and the beauty of our white sand beaches,” said Councilman Stanley Chang, who introduced the bill in 2012.

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