Senate Bill 2495 proposes changing the law surrounding the sale and use of the cigarette alternatives by requiring retailers of electronic smoking devices to obtain a license from the department of health; it would limit the retail sale of the products to retailers who also have a retail tobacco permit; use revenue from the sale of the devices to support smoking cessation programs in the state; amend Hawaii’s antismoking statute to prohibit the use of the devices in public places and places of employment; and restrict the sale, distribution and display of the products in a manner similar to tobacco. Read more.
And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t, biz, culture and politics:
“The Micronesians,” a seven-chapter series by reporter Chad Blair and photographers Cory Lum and Mark Edward Harris, won first place in Online Presentation for Civil Beat Tuesday in the annual Best of the West journalism competition.
Senate Kills Crosswalk, Trespass Bills
The Hawaii Senate intends to recommit — that is, kill — bills clarifying crosswalk procedures and amending the criminal trespass law to apply to state properties.
Voting Day At Hawaii Legislature
A slate of bills awaits final action in both chambers, including a contentious water rights bill that could be heard Tuesday or Thursday in this last week of session.