Once again the state of Hawaii has seen a bill proposed that would ban online tobacco sales and raise the cost of having a tobacco license. The bill which was introduced in January currently has 20 sponsors including, Rep. John Mizuno [D], Rep. Henry Aquino [D], Rep. Romy Cachola [D]. Rep. Richard Creagan [D], Rep. Ty Cullen [D], Rep. Lynn Decoite [D], Rep. Sharon Har [D], Rep. Daniel Holt [D], Rep. Linda Ichiyama [D], Rep. Lisa Kitagawa [D], Rep. Scot Matayoshi [D], Rep. Daynette Morikawa [D], Rep. Takashi Ohno [D], Rep. Amy Perruso [D], Rep. Calvin Say [D], Rep. David Tarnas [D], Rep. Cynthia Thielen [R], Rep. Tina Wildberger [D], Rep. Ryan Yamane [D] and Rep. Val Okimoto [R].
According to the bill summary, Hawaii House Bill 387 prohibits the shipment of tobacco products, and the transport of tobacco products ordered or purchased through a remote sale, to anyone other than a licensee. Makes all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid. Increases the license fee for wholesalers or dealers and the retail tobacco permit fee. Amends the taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Increases the excise tax for each cigarette or little cigar sold, used, or possessed by a wholesaler or dealer. Increases the excise tax on the wholesale price of each article or item of tobacco products, other than large cigars, sold by the wholesaler or dealer.
The bill which recently passed a committee vote by a margin of 7-0 with one excused would also raise the tobacco permit from $22.50 a year to $270.
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