For Immediate Release: March 21, 2014
Press Release by:Councilmember Don S. GuzmanChair, Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee Maui County Council
Committee recommends passage of bill to create tobacco-free parks and beaches
WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Economic Development, Energy, Agriculture and Recreation Committee today recommended passage of a bill to make Maui County parks and recreational facilities tobacco-free zones, Committee Chair Don S. Guzman announced.
“I was honored to introduce this measure on behalf of Maui County’s youth,” Guzman said. “And I hope this experience motivates young people to become more actively engaged in the democratic process.”
The bill makes it unlawful for any person to engage in smoking or use tobacco products within the limit of any county park or recreational facility, including beach parks. The bill now moves to the full council for passage on first reading.
Since 2008, the County of Hawaii has prohibited smoking and tobacco products at all county parks and recreational facilities. In 2012, the City and County of Honolulu enacted a smoking prohibition for most beach parks.
“I believe it’s my responsibility, as an elected official, to be a good steward of the environment and to respond to very compelling evidence presented to me by local groups and organizations on the negative effects of tobacco use at parks and beaches,” Guzman said.
Guzman urged support for the bill, which he said will help keep Maui County-operated parks and recreational facilities, including beach parks, clean and environmentally friendly. Testimony to the council may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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