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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION


REQUESTING STRICTER PENALTIES FOR THE POSSESSION AND USE OF
   TOBACCO IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 


 1       WHEREAS, cigarette smoking is considered the nation's
 2   greatest public health problem because it can cause cancer,
 3   heart disease, lung disease, emphysema, bronchial disease, and
 4   severe asthma, and about 400,000 Americans die every year
 5   because of health problems caused by smoking; and
 6   
 7       WHEREAS, furthermore, second-hand smoke can cause serious
 8   health problems in healthy nonsmokers, including nineteen types
 9   of lung cancer; and
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11       WHEREAS, one of the 4,000 harmful chemicals that can be
12   found in cigarette smoke is nicotine, a highly addictive drug;
13   and
14   
15       WHEREAS, nicotine addiction most often begins in childhood
16   and adolescence since 90 percent of adult regular smokers had
17   started smoking when they were 18 years old or younger; and
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19       WHEREAS, statistics show that 4,500,000 American children
20   and adolescents smoke; each year 1,000,000 young people join
21   the ranks of regular smokers; and nearly one out of every three
22   young people who smoke will have their lives shortened by
23   diseases caused by smoking; and
24   
25       WHEREAS, smoking is prohibited in the public schools and is
26   classified as a class "C" offense in the Department of
27   Education's administrative rules; and
28   
29       WHEREAS, these administrative rules provide options for
30   disciplinary action that include reprimand and warning for
31   students in grades seven through twelve who are found to have
32   committed class "C" offenses; and
33   
34       WHEREAS, in light of the serious health hazards of smoking
35   and the use of tobacco products, the Department of Education
36   should consider harsher minimum disciplinary actions; now,
37   therefore,

 
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 1       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 2   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 3   of 1999, that the Department of Education is requested to
 4   consider amending its rules to regard the possession and use of
 5   tobacco products as a class "B" offense; and
 6   
 7       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 8   Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the Board of
 9   Education and the Superintendent of Education.
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