THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 712-1258, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (6) and (7) to read as follows:
"(6) Any [
person who] retailer,
permittee, or registrant who violates or whose employee violates subsection
(1) or (4), or both, shall be fined $500 for the first offense. Any subsequent offenses shall subject the [ person]
retailer, permittee, or registrant to a fine not less than $500 nor more
than $2,000. Any person under twenty-one
years of age who violates subsection (5) 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 attending school.
Any tobacco product or electronic smoking device, as those terms are
defined in subsection (7), in the person's possession at the time of violation
of subsection (5) shall be seized, summarily forfeited to the State, and
destroyed by law enforcement following the conclusion of an administrative or
judicial proceeding finding that a violation of subsection (5) has been
committed. The procedures set forth in
chapter 712A shall not apply to this subsection.
(7) For the purposes of this section:
"Electronic smoking device" means any electronic product that can be used to 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, and any cartridge or other component of the device or related product.
"Permittee" means the holder of a retail tobacco permit in accordance with chapter 245.
"Registrant" means an entity registered with the electronic smoking device retailer registration unit pursuant to section 28-164.
"Retailer" means an entity that engages in the practice of selling cigarettes or tobacco products to consumers and includes the owner of a cigarette or tobacco product vending machine.
"Tobacco product" means any product made or derived from tobacco that contains nicotine or other substances and is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, or ingested by other means. "Tobacco product" includes but is not limited to a cigarette, cigar, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, or an electronic smoking device. "Tobacco product" does not include drugs, devices, or combination products approved for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act."
SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Electronic Smoking Devices; Tobacco Products; Underage Sales of Tobacco Products; Penalties
Clarifies that liability for illegally selling tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to persons under 21 is borne by the retail entity, entity that holds a retail tobacco permit, or entity registered to sell electronic smoking devices, as opposed to an employee. (SB1244 HD1)
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