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Shout Aloha To Clean Air: Hawaii May Ban Cigarettes


Next time you visit the beautiful island state, you may notice the air is brighter and more fragrant. The suggested state law sounds like a bad joke or misprint. It recommends a gradual increase in the minimum age to buy cigarettes from the current 21 to age 100, to go into effect in 2024.

How many addicted smokers live to 100? They typically cough out their final moments by age 60 in a cancer ward. Further, in your wanderings, can you just see a group of eager centenarians lined up at the Honolulu drugstore counter to buy cigarettes for their 75-year-old kiddies?

Actually, with many other states making lots of tax income from legit marijuana, it isn’t likely a Hawaii cigarette ban would cross the ocean into other US areas any time soon. So, on your next trip to Hawaii, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em. Or just cough and find some clean air to breathe.

When Flying Economy, Sit Up Straight, Cheapskate! PDF Print E-mail


After waiting in the jammed airport boarding line, once in your cheap seat there's no space to lean back and recline. Just isn’t much leg stretching room either. At holiday times and beyond, airlines are squeezing more cheap passengers aboard to make added money. Before airline deregulation, many economy class seats had a generous 36 inches in width and comfy legroom. Today, some have as little as 28 inches. So, while flying in your bargain seat, just sit back, squeeze your knees and try to relax.

 
Don’t Be A Buffet Buffoon: Keep Dirty Hands From Food PDF Print E-mail


Touching restaurant food you don't take is offensive and possibly dangerous to other diners. Always use spoons, forks, tongs or other utensils to serve yourself. But even if you do bare hand but decide you don’t want bread, fruit, cake or other food, take it anyhow. Better to waste a roll than spread norovirus or other germs on other buffet diners.

 
Amsterdam, Holland: Too Many Tourists In Red Light District PDF Print E-mail


Concerned city officials may pass laws to ban groups of over 15 visitors wandering there, and eventually forbid tours entirely. They want to prevent overcrowding, but as one city father complained “also because it is not respectful to sex workers. It is outdated to treat sex workers as a tourist attraction.”

The Dutch capital has already banned current so-called free tours, where guides and other locals encourage tourists to join them at the Red Light District for a fee plus a city tax. So, on your next visit to Amsterdam, understand and obey the rules while wandering the sights, streets, hookers and canals.

 
USA Today: Three Basics Of Courteous Air Travel PDF Print E-mail


Before you embark on your holiday flights, consider rules on how to do it without offending fellow travelers. First, don’t be noisy in your seat. For your portable electronic device, use earphones for listening and talk moderately to seatmates.

Mind your manners. Don't push seat back unless you ask and receive permission from the person behind you. Don't overflow the armrests. Relax without pushing arms, legs, smelly feet and butt against seatmates.

Bathe before leaving home or hotel to fly, then put on clean clothes and footwear. Some nice-smelling powder and deodorant can enhance your positive presence. Keep shoes and socks on during flight, especially if your feet tend to perspire.

 
New York NY: Spiffier Times Square Welcomes Visitors PDF Print E-mail


With more than 39 million people wandering annually through, the famed destination now sparkles after a major clean-up. Times Square is more like a realistic theme park version of how Disney would do New York.

So, if your travel plans include that popular spot on the Big Apple, you’ll enjoy the beautiful sky-high sights, neon lights, theaters, restaurants, street musicians and much more. Of course, the most popular and crowded time of year is during the late day and night before New Year’s Eve, with more than two million people jammed into the space. Chilly February is the least busy month at Times Square, with only about 250,000 visitors per day.

 
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