THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

942

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to HEALTH.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 712, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part IV to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"712-   Sale of flavored tobacco products; mislabeling as nicotine-free. (1) Beginning January 1, 2024, it shall be unlawful for any retailer, or any agent or employee of the retailer, to:

(a) Sell, offer for sale, or possess with the intent to sell or offer for sale, a flavored tobacco product; or

(b) Mislabel as nicotine-free, or sell or market for sale as nicotine-free, any e-liquid product that contains nicotine.

(2) A statement or claim, including but not limited to text, color, or images on the tobacco product's labeling or packaging that is used to explicitly or implicitly communicate that the tobacco product has a flavor other than tobacco, made by a manufacturer or an agent or employee of the manufacturer in the course of the person's agency or employment, and directed to consumers or the public, shall be prima facie evidence that the tobacco product is a flavored tobacco product.

(3) A tobacco product shall not be determined to have a characterizing flavor solely because of the use of additives or flavorings or the provision of ingredient information in the absence of a distinguishable taste or aroma, or both.

(4) Any flavored tobacco product found in a retailer's possession that is in violation of this section shall be considered contraband, promptly seized, subject to immediate forfeiture and destruction or disposal, and shall not be subject to the procedures set forth in chapter 712A; provided that the cost of proper disposal of electronic smoking devices and e‑liquids as hazardous waste under section 11-266.1, Hawaii Administrative Rules, shall be borne by the retailer.

(5) Any retailer and any agent or employee of a retailer who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500. Any subsequent violation shall subject the offender to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000.

(6) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, any county may adopt a rule or ordinance that places greater restrictions on the access to flavored tobacco products than provided in this section. In the case of a conflict between the restrictions in this section and any county rule or ordinance regarding access to flavored tobacco products, the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.

(7) For the purposes of this section:

"Characterizing flavor" means a distinguishable taste or aroma, or both, other than the taste or aroma of tobacco, imparted by a tobacco product or any byproduct produced by the tobacco product. Characterizing flavors include but are not limited to tastes or aromas relating to any candy, chocolate, vanilla, honey, fruit, cocoa, coffee, dessert, alcoholic beverage, menthol, mint, wintergreen, herb, or spice.

"Cigarette" means any roll for smoking made wholly or in part of tobacco, irrespective of size and shape and whether or not the tobacco is flavored, adulterated, or mixed with any other ingredient, the wrapper or cover of which is made of paper or any other substance or material except tobacco.

"Constituent" means any ingredient, substance, chemical, or compound, other than tobacco, water, or reconstituted tobacco sheet, that is added by the manufacturer to a tobacco product during the processing, manufacture, or packing of the tobacco product.

"Distinguishable" means perceivable by either the sense of smell or taste.

"Electronic smoking device" means any electronic product that can be used to aerosolize and deliver nicotine or other substances to a 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.

"E-liquid" means any liquid or like substance, which may or may not contain nicotine, that is designed or intended to be used in an electronic smoking device, whether or not packaged in a cartridge or other container. "E-liquid" shall not include prescription drugs; medical cannabis or manufactured cannabis products pursuant to chapter 329D; or medical devices used to aerosolize, inhale, or ingest prescription drugs, or manufactured cannabis products manufactured or distributed in accordance with section 329D-10(a).

"Entity" means one or more individuals, a limited liability company, corporation, a partnership, an association, or any other type of business.

"Flavored tobacco product" means any tobacco product that contains a constituent that imparts a characterizing flavor, but does not include any product that has received a marketing granted order from the United States Food and Drug Administration pursuant to Title 21 United States Code section 387j.

"Labeling" means written, printed, pictorial, or graphic matter upon a tobacco product or any of its packaging.

"Packaging" means a pack, box, carton, or container of any kind, or if no other container, any wrapping, including cellophane, in which a tobacco product is sold or offered for sale to a consumer.

"Retailer" means an entity who sells, offers for sale, or exchanges or offers to exchange tobacco products to consumers for any form of consideration. The term "retailer" includes the owner of a tobacco retail location.

"Tobacco product" means any product containing, made of, or derived from tobacco or nicotine that 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 or smokeless tobacco, snuff, snus, e-liquid, 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.

"Tobacco retail location" means any premises where tobacco products are sold or distributed to a consumer, including but not limited to any store, bar, lounge, cafe, stand, outlet, vehicle, cart, location, vending machine, or structure."

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. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2023.

 

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Report Title:

Flavored Tobacco Products; Sale; Ban

 

Description:

Bans the sale of flavored tobacco products and mislabeled e‑liquid products. Establishes fines.

 

 

 

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