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Call to Action! Hawaii Bills that Would Tax E-Cigarettes, Ban Flavors, Internet Sales, Usage, & More

Hawaii is under a major attack.  Help is needed from all vapers and harm reduction advocates to stop these counterproductive attacks on public health and the freedom of adult consumers. 
 
URGENT! Two of these bills have been scheduled for a hearing on Friday, February 7th. Please see "A Brief Guide to Stopping These Bills" below for more details. 
 
If enacted, SB 2572 would:
  • Place an undetermined tax on all electronic cigarette devices, cartomizers, tanks, batteries, liquids, etc. that could be as high at 85% of wholesale. 
If enacted, HB 1788 / SB 2222, & HB 1791 / SB 2212 would:
  • Ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in flavors other than tobacco, mint, menthol, and wintergreen (HB 1788 & SB 2222)
  • Ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in ALL flavors other than tobacco (HB 1788 & SB 2212)
If enacted, HB 2079 & SB 2495 would:
  • Ban e-cigarette use everywhere in Hawaii where smoking is banned (See alsoHB 2321 & SB 2871, both of which would similarly ban e-cigarette use everywhere smoking is banned)
  • Ban Internet sales by requiring face-to-face sales
  • Require both a retail tobacco sales permit and a separate license to sell electronic cigarettes
  • Use the funds from the license to fund ineffective smoking cessation programs

 

 
Remember, you can register to receive free CASAA e-mail alerts regarding this and other legislation in Hawaii and across the United States. We will alert you when there are other opportunities to voice your concerns to the members of the Hawaii State Legislature.

Please respond to both of the below Call to Actions.  Tell your story and state why you oppose these bills! With so many bills, we know it can be overwhelming.  Just remember--so long as you are respectful, even very short letters noting your opposition to these bills will be helpful. 

A BRIEF GUIDE TO STOPPING THESE BILLS
(last updated 2/4/2014)
 
 
 
(1) On Friday, February 7th, the Senate Committee on Health will meet jointly with the Senate Committee on Commerce & Consumer Protection to discuss SB 2572 (tax bill) & SB 2495 (usage ban, Internet sales ban, licensing). The meeting will take place at 9 AM in Conference Room 229 at the State Capitol Building in Honolulu (415 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI).  If you are in Hawaii, please attend and speak out against these bills. In order to speak, you must send an e-mail to the Health Committee atHTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov by Thursday morning at 9 AM informing them that you want to speak. (If attending the meeting, please be respectful when speaking and refrain from vaping in the committee hearing room). 

Please note that even if you read this after February 7th, you should continue taking acting, as it could take weeks or months for the bills to actually to be moved through just one step of the multi-step legislative process. 

(2) Oppose SB 2572 (e-cigarette tax), either by submitting testimony online or by e-mailing / faxing the Senate Ways & Means and Senate Health Committees. Your letters will be distributed to all members of the committee. Please make sure to specifically note that you are in opposition to SB 2572.
 
Senate Ways & Means --  808-586-6231 (fax), WAMtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate Health Committee -- 808-586-9391 (fax), HTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

Comma delimited list: WAMtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov,HTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
 
(3) Submit testimony in opposition to HB 1788, SB 2222, HB 1791 & SB 2212 (flavor bans) by e-mailing or faxing letters to the House Health Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and Senate Health Committee. Online testimony is not yet being accepted. Please make sure to specifically note that you are against HB 1788, SB 2222 and HB 1791 & SB 2212. 

House Health Committee --  808-586-6281 (fax), HLTtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
House Judiciary Committee --  808-586-6189 (fax), JUDtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate Health Committee -- 808-586-9391 (fax), HTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
 
(4) Oppose HB 2079 & SB 2495 (usage bans, internet sales ban, licensing) and HB 2321 & SB 2871 (usage ban only), either by submitting testimony online or by e-mailing or faxing letters to the House Health Committee and the Senate House Health Committee.Your letters will be distributed to all members of those committees.  Please make sure to specifically note that you are in opposition to HB 2079 & SB 2495 and HB 2321 & SB 2871.

House Health Committee --  808-586-6281, HLTtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate Health Committee -- 808-586-9391, HTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
 
(5) Contact your State House Representative and Senator. Please ask them to oppose any measure that would limit adult access to or use of electronic cigarettes.  When calling or writing a House member, ask them to oppose HB 2079, HB 1788, HB 1791, and HB 2321.  When calling or writing a Senate member, ask them to oppose SB 2495, SB 2572, SB 2222, SB 2212, and SB 2871 for the reasons outlined above (as well as additional reasons outlined below). Phone calls and in-person meetings are very strongly encouraged. 
 
(6) Hawaiians are encouraged to contact the members of the Senate Health Committeeand House Health Committee directly on an individual basis.  Phone calls and in-person meetings are very strongly encouraged. 
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