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Maui’s social host ordinance: an effective solution to prevent underage drinking

As the world continues to be homebound, communities across Hawaiʻi are looking closer at how we protect everyone, especially our most vulnerable, while at home. Our homes have served as a safe environment protecting us from a global pandemic;…
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Maui County Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Issue Brief

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi (CTFH), a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI), has long recognized the need for smoke-free multi-unit housing policies to help protect the health of residents, visitors, and staff.…
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Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition update and how to get involved

Aloha from the Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition!  We are looking forward to closing the year on a positive note and heading into 2021 with an exciting agenda for the coalition.   Below are some updates and ways you can engage with the Hawaiʻi…
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2021 HIPHI Legislative Priorities

While many of us are hoping for a better year in 2021, the upcoming legislative session is anticipated to be challenging. The state is grappling with a huge budget deficit and lawmakers will be focusing their efforts on balancing the budget,…
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CTFH Youth Council sees growth and selects policy priority

For the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council, a silver lining in the COVID-19 pandemic was being forced to rethink how we deliver our programs. Over the summer, a youth leadership team was established with representatives from…
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Policy and Advocacy Training Series: Gearing Up for 2021

At HIPHI, advancing policy is a major part of our organization’s mission and goals. As a result, we host an annual policy and advocacy training to empower new and aspiring advocates with the information and skills needed to make a change in…
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Community Coalition Prepares to Introduce Ordinance

If you could stop a teen from being injured in a car crash, beat up or sexually assaulted, would you?  It’s an easy answer: we all would. We care deeply about our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. Protecting…
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Tobacco Updates for Summer 2020: New Data, Same Challenges

Youth e-cigarette rates are increasing, the link between smoking/e-cigarette use and COVID-19 is becoming clearer, and another state passes legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. These are some of the prominent stories…
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Survey Results Show Strong Maui County Support for Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Policies

According to a recent survey conducted by the Maui, Molokai, Lāna’i Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi, 95 percent of respondents, (Maui County residents) who live in multi-unit housing (multiple housing units contained within a building…
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Demystifying Voting in the 2020 General Election: Your Candidates’ Stance on Public Health Issues

The 2020 General Election on November 3 is quickly approaching, with many important races on the ballot this year. Elected officials at all levels of government have a pivotal role in shaping policies that influence health. At HIPHI, we understand…
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Youth Council Movement Continues to Grow with Virtual Kickoff Event

COVID-19 has changed the way we lead our daily lives and HIPHI and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii’s Youth Council is no exception. After having to cancel Take Down Tobacco, a national day of action last March (formerly Kick Butts…
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Alternatives to Criminalizing Youth for Tobacco Use

Schools on Kaua‘i have continued to look at educational alternatives to criminalizing our youth for using any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, while some state lawmakers have wanted to increase penalties on our youth. Studies have…