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Youth Council Retreat Brings 44 Youth Together To Learn, Share & Connect

On August 13th, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (CTFH)  held a Youth Council retreat at Secret Island Beach on Oahu. A total of 44 participants took part in the event representing O‘ahu , Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i. The retreat was held to thank veteran Youth Council members for all their contributions during the 2015-16 year, […]

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How an idea becomes law

For many, the process of how an idea becomes a law can be pretty overwhelming.  Especially in Hawai‘i where there are literally thousands of bills introduced each year at the start of the legislative session. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to turn an idea into law, keep reading as we follow our physical […]


West Hawai‘i Tobacco-Free Partnership has been busy

Keeping Kona Clean and Butt-Free Project: In April 2016, a West Hawaii Partnership Team (5 people) implemented a cigarette butt pick up along Alii Drive in the Kailua Kona Business District. Team members noted a noticeable reduction in the number of butts along the shoreline street when compared to last year. Businesses have also seen a […]


Kaua‘i continues education campaign on electronic smoking devices

“Water vapor, smells like candy, harmless, there’s no secondhand smoke, it’s safe.” These are the usual excuses youth use when they convince themselves to try ESDs. However, what we do know is ESDs are not safe especially for minors under 21 whose bodies are still developing. On Wednesday, May 25th, CTFH’s Kaua‘i Community Coordinator, Valerie […]

Obama Administration Takes Action to Protect Youth from E-cigarettes

Under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given immediate oversight authority over cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and roll-your own tobacco. The law was a major achievement for the Obama Administration and for the public health community as it was the first time in American history […]

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Kick Butts Day 2016 attended by 77 youth!

On March 24th, CTFH hosted a Kick Butts Day event and rally at the Hawai‘i State Capitol. The theme for this year’s Kick Butts Day was the Youth Council’s chosen policy priority: prohibiting smoking, including electronic smoking devices, in a vehicle while a minor is present. By focusing on this measure, youth from Hawai‘i were able […]