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Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council leaders question CEO of Altria at annual shareholders meeting

It’s not everyday that you get to pose a question to a CEO, let alone the CEO of Altria, the largest tobacco company in the United States. But that’s exactly what Youth Council members Theresa Ng and Chanel Matsumoto did when they awoke…
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New data on the link between tobacco smoking and severe COVID-19 manifestations

During the first few weeks of March 2020, Colin Finnerty, a 21-year-old lift operator at a popular ski resort in central Idaho came down with a cold. While he had heard about the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the country, he also recalled…
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2021 Post-Legislative Session Update

The 2021 Legislative Session ended in late April, and with its conclusion, 265 bills (9.4 percent) were sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. While HIPHI and its coalitions identified several policy priorities at the beginning…
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Hawaiʻi alcohol policy alliance legislative update

The Hawaiʻi Alcohol Policy Alliance (HIAPA) is a new statewide coalition that aims to educate the community and advocate for evidence-based, responsible alcohol policies. HIAPA wrapped up their first legislative session with two main priorities…
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March Against Menthol – Statewide

Hawaii’s youth are taking down tobacco, choosing to face the tobacco industry’s targeting of Hawaii’s communities head-on. On Sunday, March 7, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council (a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health…
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Hawai‘i Farm to School Legislation 2021

The Hawai‘i State Legislature continues to show strong support to ensure the expansion and long-term success of Hawaii’s farm to school efforts through the introduction of at least twelve relevant bills and resolutions during the 2021 legislative…
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2021 Mid-Session Policy Update

The 2021 Legislative Session ended in late April, and with its conclusion, 265 bills (9.4 percent) were sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. While HIPHI and its coalitions identified several policy priorities at the beginning…
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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…