STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1000

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1405

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1405, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING PRODUCTS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish the offense of unlawful shipment of e-liquid products;

 

(2) Include e-liquid and electronic smoking devices containing e-liquid within the definition of "tobacco products", for purposes of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law;

 

(3) Increase the license fee for persons engaged as a wholesaler or dealer of cigarettes and tobacco products;

 

(4) Increase the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers;

 

(5) Fund health education and prevention programs regarding the risks and dangers of electronic smoking devices; and

 

(6) Repeal various statutory provisions relating to electronic smoking.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General, Department of Taxation, Department of Health, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Bridge Club Hawaii, Hawaii Public Health Association, Blue Zones Project, Hawaii COPD Coalition, Hawaii Public Health Institute, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Breathe Aloha Club, American Heart Association, Student Health Advisory Council, and seventy-seven individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Irie Hawaii; Black Lava Vape; Hi Lyfe Vaporz, LLC; VapeWithAloha; Tobacco LLC; VOLCANO Fine Electronic Cigarettes; Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Hawaii Smokers Alliance; and forty-eight individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committees find that electronic smoking devices and "e-liquids" have been gaining popularity amongst smokers due to the availability of varying strengths of nicotine and a wide variety of flavors. Electronic smoking devices and e-liquids are particularly popular with the youth and due to this, the United States Surgeon General has declared that electronic smoking device use among youth is an epidemic in the United States. Your Committees further find that the rate of electronic smoking device usage among the youth in Hawaii is exceptionally high, with 25 percent of high school students being regular users and 42 percent having tried an electronic smoking device. Your Committees believe that this measure will address the high rates of electronic smoking devices being used by the youth in the State, encourage a healthy lifestyle for all, and support tobacco and cancer prevention research in the State.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting an effective date of March 15, 2030, to encourage further discussions; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1405, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1405, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair