HONOLULU (KHON2) — A bill to ban flavored vaping products passed through both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, May 3.
The bill also bans the mislabeling of nicotine products as nicotine-free.
Violators will be fined $500 to $2,000.
The bill was proposed to minimize harmful tobacco products that target children.
About 48% of public high school students have tried electronic smoking devices, according to at 2019 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Study. The study also revealed 31% of middle schoolers also tried it.
“Flavored vaping products have targeted kids for years, addicting a generation to nicotine right under our noses,” said Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi (Kāne’ohe, Maunawili, Olomana). “The long-term health consequences will be felt for years to come, but this bill is a start to minimizing these impacts.”
The bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature.
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He has until Monday, June 27 to put it on a list with intent to veto.