Bertrand Kobayashi, of the American Lung Association's Hawaii office, said his organization developed the "Safe Haven" program in response.
On New Year's Eve, the big fireworks holiday in his
state, people can find respite from the smoke in hotels and mountain retreats coordinated by Safe Haven. Kobayashi
realizes fireworks are "a show of patriotism." "But it is still a health hazard," he
said."People who do not have asthma do not understand how sensitive people who have asthma can be." He
suggested that it is generally illegal in the United States to hurt someone else.But fireworks appear to be an exception to that principle. "One thing we say here at the American Lung Association
is, if you can't breathe, nothing else matters," he