A bill that would ban smoking in and around Hawaii Public Housing Authority units was approved by conference committee and now heads to both chambers for final approval, then on to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his signature. The bill prohibits smoking within 20 feet of buildings, entrances and exits, windows and ventilation systems and in all federal and state public housing units, community facilites and common areas, including roofs, halls, sidewalks, lobbies, stairway basements, gardens and parking areas. Senator Josh Green, chair of the Senate Health Committee, introduced the bill. He contends that decreasing smoking is an important public health policy.