When visitors light up in Hawaii, they now have to pay closer
attention to where they’re doing it as a result of the new
Smoke-Free Hawaii law, which took effect on Nov. 16.
While travel agents should familiarize themselves with the new
legislation, it shouldn’t affect the destination’s visitor counts
in the long run, according to Hawaii tourism liaison Marsha
“Many countries and states are implementing similar laws,” said
Wienert. “I think people are understanding that a clean environment
is a healthy environment.”
The first place arriving Oahu visitors will notice a change is
Honolulu International Airport, where enclosed smoking rooms have
been dismantled. Clients should wait to smoke until they’re in the
open air by the curb.
Since hotels now ban smoking in 80 percent of their rooms, travel
agents should find out if their clients smoke, then book their
accommodations accordingly, said Wienert.
At the Hawaii Convention Center in Waikiki, officials have been
working closely with the state Department of Health to establish
accessible designated smoking areas on each floor of the building.
Center officials have been assuring clients that delegates who do
smoke will not be inconvenienced.
“The center’s new smoking areas are approximately the same size as
the previous areas,” said Hawaii Convention Center general manager
Joe Davis. “I don’t expect we’ll see a change in business due to
the enactment of the Smoke-Free Hawaii law.”
Throughout their Hawaii vacation, clients must refrain from
smoking within 20 feet of doorways, windows and ventilation
intakes. Puffing is prohibited at any venue where food or drinks
are served, including restaurants, bars, lobbies, covered walkways
and luaus, and it’s not allowed in enclosed or partially enclosed
sports facilities, outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters.
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau vice president of marketing
Jay Talwar stressed that Hawaii’s legislature passed the law in
response to health concerns for residents and visitors alike.
“Many hoteliers across the country have already enacted
non-smoking policies, and this is an extension of that sentiment,”
Talwar said. “Hawaii is a beautiful, pristine environment which is
primarily an outdoor experience. It’s a place that both smokers and
non-smokers will be able to continue to enjoy in the future.”
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