Hawaii is all set to ban “Flavoured Tobacco” till the end of this week.

Below is the list of bills that list of bills concerning tobacco bans and regulations that are scheduled for public hearing this week in Hawaii:

Flavoured Tobacco Ban-

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SB2538*

Bans the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Prohibits mislabeling of e-liquid products containing nicotine. Establishes fines and penalties for violations. Requires the Department of Education to establish a safe harbour program by which persons under 21 years of age may dispose of electronic cigarettes in their possession. Authorizes public school teachers to confiscate electronic cigarettes. Increases fines for the acquisition or possession of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices by persons under 21 years aged. The hearing for this is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

SB2228

Beginning July 1, 2020, prohibits the sale of flavoured products for electronic smoking devices, the mislabeling of e-liquid products containing nicotine, and the sale of tobacco products other than through retail sales via a direct, in-person exchange between a retailer and consumer. Establishes penalties. The hearing for this is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

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ESD Regulation

These bills aim to regulate e-cigarettes by: (1) requiring e-cigarette retailers and wholesalers to obtain a tobacco license and/or permit; (2) establishing a tax on e-liquid and electronic smoking devices of 70% of the wholesale price; and (3) only allow the shipment of ESDs to those with a tobacco license.

SB2231

This establishes the offence for unlawful shipment of e-liquid commodities. Includes e-liquid and electronic smoking devices containing e-liquid within the definition of “tobacco products”, as utilized in the cigarette tax and tobacco law. Repeals certain provisions of the Hawaii Updated Statutes relating to electronic smoking devices. The hearing for this is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

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SB2227

It requires e-liquid and e-smoking devices to be included in the definition of “tobacco products”, as used in the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law. Increases the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers engaged within the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco products. Allocates some of the funds collected on excise taxes on tobacco products to fund health education, prevention, and nicotine cessation programs for youth, regarding the risks and dangers of the use of e-smoking devices. Repeals certain provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes concerning e-smoking devices. The hearing for this is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Aakash Kandpal
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