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0
in 3
Hawaiʻi high school students
report using e-cigarettes
on a regular basis
Teenagers that smoke
or use e-cigarettes are
0
times
times more likely to
be diagnosed with
COVID-19
0
%
of Hawaiʻi middle
school students report
using e-cigarettes on
a regular basis
0
%
of Native Hawaiian
youth use e-cigarettes

We need comprehensive regulations to prevent a lifetime of addiction for our keiki!

REAL TALK

High School Student, Hawaiʻi

“A lot of people my age and even younger vape. My little sister is addicted to vaping and it’s because of the candy-flavored liquids. She is only in the 7th grade.”

High School Student, Hawaiʻi

“…I know a friend who does vape but says cigarettes are disgusting. If all e-cigarettes had the same smell and taste as regular cigarettes, I truly believe we will have a decrease of vaping users.”

High School Student, Hawaiʻi

“…I often hear them discussing flavors, and it is a big part of the allure that vaping has. If you care about the health and well-being of Hawaii’s youth, please ban flavored tobacco.”

Flavorah, a US-based company that provides chemicals to the e-cigarette industry.

“The inhalation of flavoring may expose you to hazardous chemicals, toxins, and nanoparticles, including diacetyl, acetyl propionyl and/or acetoin, which have been associated with permanent lung injury and disease, including bronchiolitis obliterans, a disease characterized by inflammation and scarring of the small airways of the lungs, which leads to severe and disabling shortness of breath. Exposure to the aerosol can trigger, aggravate, and exacerbate various adverse health effects including but not limited to cancer, carcinoma, addiction, birth defects, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, liver and kidney disease, abnormal conditions, disorders, symptoms, and illness of the human body.”

Brian King, Office on Smoking and Health, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“So a question you may also be asking yourself, is do we know why youth tobacco use is increasing. The answer to that is yes. As I noted before the advertising will bring a horse to water, the flavors will get them to drink, and the nicotine will keep them coming back for more. We know that exposure to tobacco product advertising and imaging through various media including retail stores, the Internet, television, and other sources can cause youth to start using tobacco products.”

Joshua Ching, Youth Council Member

“E-cigarettes, and flavors in both their normal and mentholated forms, have persisted as a disproportionately pervasive product in our Native Hawaiian community, specifically with Native Hawaiian youth, like me. As we garner greater awareness about the consequences of social inequities and the systemic imprints that have been made on the lāhui, there is an increasing burden to call the targeted marketing yielding a vaping epidemic what it is – an issue of social justice.”

Nikkya Taliaferro, Youth Council Member

“The Tobacco Industry disproportionately targets low income and black and brown communities through menthol products, advertising and reduced tobacco prices. These marketing disparities can only be solved through a restriction of the Tobacco Industry in our historically vulnerable communities.”

LEGISLATION

A COMPREHENSIVE BILL FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING

END THE SALE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Appealing flavors are driving the youth tobacco use in our state. With thousands of kid-friendly flavors on the market and little regulation, the industry has no incentive to stop selling flavors like POG, Mauna Dew or Blue Raz Cotton Candy.
TAX E-CIGARETTES AS TOBACCO PRODUCTS
E-cigarettes are the only tobacco products without a tobacco tax. These products often contain nicotine, which is derived from tobacco. They are not approved by the FDA for cessation, and therefore should be regulated via taxation as a tobacco product.
RESTRICT ONLINE SALES TO TOBACCO LICENSEES
Age verification on tobacco retailer websites is insufficient at preventing underage purchases. Restricting online sales to licensed sellers will correct this loophole and allow the state to enforce current tobacco laws on minimum age and taxation.
FUND TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAMS
Tobacco prevention, education, and cessation programs are critical to further reducing the burden of tobacco in our state. Currently, no tobacco tax revenue is allocated to tobacco prevention and control.
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About The Campaign

It is no coincidence that the rise in youth use of e-cigarettes has been in conjunction with the explosion of more than 15,500 flavored products on the market. Tobacco companies have been hooking kids for years with enticing flavors, and now an entire generation of kids are addicted to flavors like gummy bear, “Maui mango” and “mystic menthol.”

Hawaii’s kids have paid the highest price for the industry’s aggressive marketing of these sweet, flavored tobacco products. As a result, Hawaii has the highest reported vaping rate among middle schoolers (17.7%) and the second-highest vaping rate among high schoolers (30.6%) in the nation.

These flavored tobacco products, along with the lack of regulation, have undermined public health’s successful efforts to reduce youth tobacco use; 81 percent of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product, and over half of youth smokers use menthol cigarettes.

To combat this problem, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, community leaders, and advocates are working to reverse this alarming trend.We know what works to reduce youth tobacco use – we did it before with cigarettes. Comprehensive policies, as well as investments in tobacco prevention, education, and cessation programs, brought Hawaii’s adult and youth smoking rates to record lows.  We don’t need to reinvent the wheel – by applying the same tobacco prevention and control policies to e-cigarettes, we can end the youth vaping epidemic.

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