TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO CHAPTER 245, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the public health rationale for the regulation of cigarettes and tobacco products is well developed, as tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In addition to substantive laws in the State governing specific aspects of tobacco production, sales, and use, Hawaii law requires retailers, wholesalers, and dealers of cigarettes or tobacco products to obtain a special license or permit. These licenses and permits facilitate the enforcement of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law under chapter 245, Hawaii Revised Statutes. However, the current license fee for wholesalers and dealers is only $2.50 a year, while retail tobacco permit fees cost only $20 a year. To ensure continued tobacco regulation and enforcement of relevant tax laws, the legislature concludes that these fees should be increased.
Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to:
(1) Expand the definition of "tobacco products" to include any product containing nicotine that is intended for human consumption;
(2) Increase the license fee for persons engaged as a wholesaler or dealer of cigarettes or tobacco products; and
(3) Increase the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco products.
SECTION 2. Section 245-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "tobacco products" to read as follows:
""Tobacco products" means [
(1) Tobacco in any form, other than
cigarettes or little cigars, that is prepared or intended for consumption or
for personal use by humans, including large cigars and any substitutes thereof
other than cigarettes that bear the semblance thereof, snuff, chewing or
smokeless tobacco, and smoking or pipe tobacco[
(2) Any product containing nicotine, but not containing tobacco, that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, that has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for tobacco cessation or other medical purposes."
SECTION 3. Section 245-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) The license shall be issued by the
department upon application therefor, in such form and manner as shall be
required by rule of the department, and the payment of a fee of [
$250, and shall be renewable annually on July 1 for the twelve months
ending the succeeding June 30."
SECTION 4. Section 245-2.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
"(c) The retail tobacco permit shall be
issued by the department upon application by the retailer in the form and
manner prescribed by the department, and the payment of a fee of [
Permits shall be valid for one year, from December 1 to November 30, and
renewable annually. Whenever a retail tobacco permit is defaced, destroyed, or
lost, or the permittee relocates the permittee's business, the department may
issue a duplicate retail tobacco permit to the permittee for a fee of $5 per
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2016.
Tobacco Regulation; License Fee; Retail Tobacco Permit; Cigarettes; Tobacco Products
Expands the definition of "tobacco products". Increases the license fee for persons engaged as a wholesaler or dealer of cigarettes or tobacco products. Increases the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco products. Effective January 1, 2016. (SD1)
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