The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii and the Obesity Prevention Task Force have been gearing up for the 2018 Legislative Session over the past several months. After listening to the needs of our stakeholders, conducting research, and analyzing policies from different states, we are excited to share with you our policy priorities for 2018:

  • Regulate electronic smoking devices (ESDs) or e-cigarettes by introducing a tax and requiring a tobacco permit and license in order to sell these tobacco products.
  • Protect youth from regular marketing and exposure to tobacco products by creating a tobacco-free school buffer zone and prohibiting the sales of tobacco products near schools.
  • “Healthy-By-Default”: Make the default beverage in restaurant kids meals a healthy drink by replacing sugary drinks with water or milk.
  • Promote healthy eating in schools by establish a farm to school program and positions within the Department of Education.
  • Provide recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access to fresh fruits and vegetables through the promotion of incentive programs such as Double Bucks.
  • Identify opportunities to meet national physical education recommendations by requesting the Department of Education to provide a report on the status of P.E. in schools.

We know that we have a lot of big issues to tackle. Right now, we’re in the process of meeting with different lawmakers to finalize the bills and resolutions for these proposed priorities.

Stay tuned for the release of our Public Health Legislative Agenda in January. In the meantime, please consider an end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to support our work in 2018!