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HAWAI’I – Stop a Flavor Ban!

current status

Bill
Introduced

Passed
House

Passed
Senate

Signed by
Governor

  • 02.08.24 – Reported from HLT (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 194-24) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and referral to JHA. Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on JHA with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Pierick voting no (1) and Representative(s) Nakashima, Nishimoto, Sayama, Ward excused (4).
  • 02.07.24 – The committee on HLT recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 8 Ayes: Representative(s) Belatti, Takenouchi, Ilagan, Marten, Nishimoto, Garcia; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Amato, Kobayashi; Noes: none; and Excused: none.
  • 02.02.24 – The committee(s) on HLT recommend(s) that the measure be deferred until 02-07-24 11:30 AM, House conference room 329. Bill scheduled for decision making on Wednesday, 02-07-24 11:30AM in conference room 329 VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE.
  • 01.30.24 – HEARING Scheduled: HLT, Friday, February 2, 2024, 8:30 AM (Hearing Notice)
  • 01.24.24 – Referred to HLT, JHA, FIN
  • 01.19.24 – Introduction and pass first reading.

HB 1778 would ban the sale of vapor and all nicotine products in flavors other than tobacco. This bill would also undo a law requiring tobacco regulations be implemented statewide (known as “preemption”), as opposed to allowing municipalities to make up their own rules.

This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs (JHA). A hearing is not scheduled at this time and CASAA will update this call to action as more information becomes available.

Advocates in Hawai’i are encouraged to submit testimony in opposition to HB 1778. You can do so by going to the bill page and clicking on the “Submit Testimony” button at the top of the page. You will need a free account with Hawai’i’s state legislature website.

  • Comment directly on the legislation via the bill page.
  • If you don’t already have one, set up a free account with the legislature’s website by clicking on “Register” at the top of a bill page.
  • Click the “Submit Testimony” button at the top of the bill page. You will be taken to an instructions/look-up page. Enter the bill number (HB 1778) in the field provided, click “continue,” and fill out the submission form. You can write your comments in the field provided or upload pre-written testimony. (Talking points are provided below if you need some ideas.)
  • Written testimony is due 24 hours prior to the hearings — 8:30 AM Thursday, 2/1/24.
  • Sign up to speak (requires submission of written testimony) following the same instructions above for submitting testimony.
  • Urge committee members to oppose the flavor ban bill which would restrict your ability to use low-risk alternatives to smoking and send people back to smoking or to buy their vapor products from informal sources.
  • Let them know you are also opposed to allowing activist groups to create a patchwork of tobacco regulations in Hawai’i that promotes illicit sales and confusion among consumers and businesses.
  • HB 1778 would ban flavored products already authorized for sale by the FDA as less harmful than smoking and appropriate for the protection of public health.
  • Briefly, share your story about switching to vaping and what role that flavors play in helping you live smoke free.
  • Note any health changes you’ve experienced.
  • Briefly, discuss what losing access to a local supply of vapor products will mean for you (Will you shop out-of-state, in neighboring cities, or online? Will you make your own e-liquid at home or purchase products on an underground market?).
  • Be brief, Be kind, and Say Thank You 🙂

JHA Committee Page

Hearing Schedule and other information

HB 1778

Bill Page

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