HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO HEALTH.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 328J-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Cigarette sales from vending machines and by lunch wagons;
prohibited. (a) The sale or distribution at no charge of cigarettes by
the following methods is prohibited:
(1) From cigarette vending machines unless the
vending machine is located in a bar, cabaret, or any establishment for which
the minimum age for admission is [
eighteen;] twenty-one; or
(2) From a lunch wagon engaging in any sales activity within one thousand feet of any public or private elementary or secondary school grounds.
(b) Violations of subsection
(a), including placement of a cigarette vending machine in a location other
than a bar, cabaret, or any establishment for which the minimum age for
admission is [
eighteen,] twenty-one, are subject to a fine of up
to $1,000 per day for each violation.
(c) As used in this section:
"Cigarette vending machine" means a self-service device that dispenses cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, or any other product containing tobacco.
"Lunch wagon" means a mobile vehicle designed and constructed to transport food and from which food is sold to the general public and includes, but is not limited to, manapua trucks.
"Sell" or "sale" means to solicit and receive an order for; to have, keep, offer, or expose for sale; to deliver for value or in any other manner than purely gratuitously; to peddle; to keep with intent to sell; or to traffic in."
SECTION 2. Section 328J-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
"(c) This section shall not apply:
(1) Within private commercial establishments, such as stores and restaurants, where tobacco products are sold, as long as distribution is not visible to the public from outside the establishment; or
(2) To commercial establishments where access to the
premises by persons under [
eighteen] twenty-one years of age is
prohibited by law."
SECTION 3. Section 328J-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) This section shall not apply to:
(1) A duty-free sales enterprise selling duty-free merchandise in accordance with the provisions of title 19 United States Code section 1555(b), and any implementing regulations; and
(2) Retail tobacco stores, bars, or any other establishment for
which the minimum age for admission is [
SECTION 4. Section 709-908, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Tobacco and electronic smoking devices
under twenty-one years of age. (1) It shall be unlawful to sell or
furnish tobacco in any shape or form, including chewing tobacco and snuff, or
an electronic smoking device, to a [ minor] person under [ eighteen]
twenty-one years of age.
(2) Signs using the statement,
"The sale of tobacco products or electronic smoking devices to persons
eighteen] twenty-one is prohibited", shall be posted
[ on or near any vending machine] in letters at least one-half inch high on
or near any vending machine and at or near the point of sale of any other
location where tobacco products or electronic smoking devices are sold [ in
letters at least one-half inch high].
It shall be unlawful for a [
minor] person under [ eighteen]
twenty-one years of age to purchase any tobacco product[ , as
described under subsection (1), or an electronic smoking device, as described
under subsection (5).] or electronic smoking device pursuant to
subsection (1). This provision does not apply if a person under the age of
[ eighteen,] twenty-one, with parental authorization, is
participating in a controlled purchase as part of a law enforcement activity or
a study authorized by the department of health under the supervision of law
enforcement to determine the level of incidence of tobacco or electronic
smoking devices sales to minors.
Any person who violates subsection (1) or (2), or both, shall be fined $500 for
the first offense. Any subsequent offenses shall subject the person to a fine
not less than $500 nor more than $2,000. Any [
minor under eighteen years of
age] person who violates subsection (3) shall be fined $10 for the
first offense. Any subsequent offense shall subject the violator to a fine of
$50, no part of which shall be suspended, or the person shall be required to
perform not less than forty-eight hours nor more than seventy-two hours of
community service during hours when the person is not employed and is not
(5) For the purposes of this section:
device" means any electronic product that can be used to [
smoking in the delivery of] aerosolize and deliver nicotine or other
substances to the person inhaling from the device[ ,] including, but
not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic
cigarillo, [ or] electronic pipe, hookah pipe, or hookah pen, and
any cartridge or other component of the device or related product[ .],
whether or not sold separately."
SECTION 5. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2050.
Electronic Smoking Devices; Tobacco; Cigarettes; Minors
Increases the minimum age in which one can purchase any tobacco product or electronic smoking device from 18 to 21 years of age. Prohibits the sale or furnishing of tobacco, tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices to persons under 21 years of age. (HB385 HD1)
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