The two laws that will take effect on January 1, 2016, encourage a smoke-free Hawai‘i by restricting the use of tobacco products.
The first law raises the legal smoking age in Hawai‘i from 18 to 21. Starting on January 1, people under the age of 21 will not be able to buy, possess, or consume tobacco products, which also include electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes.
The second law prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in places where smoking is already prohibited. So the use of e-cigarettes and other devices will no longer be allowed in enclosed public places, just as smoking combustible cigarettes is not allowed in the workplace, or a restaurant.
Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline has both a telephone and an online program available 24/7. It’s confidential and FREE to Hawai‘i residents, regardless of insurance. The Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline also offers FREE patches, gum, coaching, and an optional Text2Quit program. You can receive support at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or hawaiiquitline.org and learn about community-based cessation services.