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Originally published Monday, July 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

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No smoking at Oahu beaches, parks

Hawaiian island banning smoking at beaches, parks and more places starting Jan. 1.

Associated Press

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HONOLULU — Smoking at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu will be prohibited next year.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed two bills Sunday at Waikiki Beach that ban smoking starting Jan. 1 at bus stops and parks, including beaches, playgrounds, swimming pools and athletic fields.

Before the bans take effect on Jan. 1, city officials will be posting signs and informing residents and tourists.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bills were initially scheduled to take effect when the mayor signed them but more time was needed for public education.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources enforces rules from the high water mark to the water’s edge. But the department has given the city permission to enforce the rules in the water at Kuhio Beach Park.

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