Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 2228

S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2228, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs 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) Prohibit the sale of flavored products for electronic smoking devices;


(3) Prohibit the mislabeling of e-liquid products containing nicotine;


(4) Prohibit the sale of electronic smoking devices, e‑liquid, and electronic smoking device accessories other than through retail sales via a direct, in-person exchange between a retailer and consumer; and


(5) Include e-liquid and electronic smoking devices containing e-liquid within the definition of "tobacco products", as used in the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation; Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Hawaii; Hawaii Primary Care Association; Filipina Advocacy Network; American Academy of Pediatrics, Hawaii Chapter; We Are One, Inc.; Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition; Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association; Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park; Kahoomiki; American Heart Association; Pono Hawaii Initiative; Pediatric Therapies Hawaii; Hui No Ke Ola Pono; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; Hawaii Public Health Institute; Hawaii Kai Lions Club; Flavors Hook Kids Hawaii; Hawaii Pacific Health; The Man Cave; Hawaii State Teachers Association; West Hawaii Community Health Center; American Lung Association; Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!; Kamehameha Schools; Windward Nazarene Academy; Maui Preparatory Academy; St. Andrew's Schools; Doris Todd Christian Academy; Maui Christian Academy; Maui Adventist School; Waldorf School; Holy Nativity School; Mid-Pacific Institute; Damien Memorial School; and twenty-six individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Smokers Alliance, Irie Hawaii, Vape Kings LLC, and fifty-eight individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of the Attorney General and Hawaii Food Industry Association.


Your Committee finds that between 2011 to 2015, the use of electronic smoking devices by Hawaii's youth increased six-fold among middle school youth and four-fold among high school youth. This is particularly concerning considering the nicotine content of such devices and recent severe lung injuries reported nationally as a result of using electronic smoking devices. Your Committee further finds that flavored tobacco products are particularly appealing to youth since the flavors change the taste and reduce the harshness of the otherwise unflavored tobacco product. This measure aims to protect Hawaii's youth by establishing more stringent regulations on e-liquids and electronic smoking devices.


Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2228, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2228, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,