STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2718
RE: S.B. No. 2690
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2016
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2690, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHAPTER 245, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend the cigarette and tobacco tax law.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Increases the excise tax on cigarettes and little cigars sold on or after July 1, 2016, to 20 cents per cigarette or little cigar sold; and
(2) Changes the allocations of excise tax revenues collected for cigarettes sold on and after July 1, 2016, by:
(A) Increasing the allocation to the Hawaii cancer research special fund to 4 cents per cigarette; and
(B) Adding an allocation of 2 cents per cigarette to the Department of Health's Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, for smoking cessation programs and education in Hawaii.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Health, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Weinman Foundation, and fifty-six individuals.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Smokers Alliance and thirty-one individuals.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Further, tobacco use imposes a heavy burden on Hawaii's health care system and economy. Your Committee also finds that studies indicate that a cigarette tax or price increase tends to reduce adult and youth smoking. Your Committee further finds that Hawaii has a substantial interest in reducing the number of individuals of all ages who use tobacco.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the excise tax rate on cigarettes and little cigars sold on or after July 1, 2016, to an unspecified amount;
(2) Changing the allocations of excise tax revenues collected for cigarettes sold on and after July 1, 2016, to unspecified amounts; and
(3) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2690, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2690, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair