HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

155

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

REQUESTING THE HAWAII TOBACCO QUITLINE TO MAKE PERMANENTLY VISIBLE ON EACH PAGE OF ITS WEBSITE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE AVAILABILITY OF INTERPRETATION SERVICES UPON REQUEST.

 

 


WHEREAS, the long-term cessation of tobacco and e-cigarette usage is correlated with improved physical and mental health and a longer life expectancy; and

 

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is a free helpline service that provides nicotine patches and gum, educational information, and coaching to help smokers quit smoking; and

 

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline offers interpretation services upon request only; and

 

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline's website is accessible solely in English and Spanish and lacks information pertaining to the availability of interpretation services for other languages; and

 

WHEREAS, due to the unique history and geographical location of Hawaii, the Hawaiian islands are home to a large number of immigrants and their children, many of whom speak languages other than English or Spanish; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the 2020 Census, 11.4 percent of Hawaii residents ages five and above speak English at a level below "very well" and, according to a 2016 study conducted by the Hawaii State Data Center, 48.8 percent of individuals who speak another language at home speak English less than "very well"; and

 

WHEREAS, a 2012 study conducted by Thaddeus A. Herzog and Pallav Pokhrel concluded that information and products to assist with smoking cessation may be less known and accessible to Filipino and Native Hawaiian smokers; and

 

WHEREAS, according to the Department of Health, twenty-seven percent of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii smoke, nearly double the percentage of other ethnic groups; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Thirty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2023, the Senate concurring, that the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is requested to make permanently visible on each page of its website information pertaining to the availability of interpretation services upon request; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the information displayed be made accessible in Ilocano, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Ōlelo Hawaii; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is requested to consider providing hyperlinks to translated notices of availability of free interpretation services in a conspicuous location of each page of its website, as exemplified by the Hawaii Medical Service Association's website; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health.

 

 

 

Report Title:

Hawaii Tobacco Quitline; Interpretation Services