Twenty years ago, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (now a program of HIPHI) was formed out of island coalitions to tackle the leading cause of preventable death: tobacco use. Since our founding, the Coalition has been the lead organization in fighting for smoke-free air, funding tobacco prevention programming, increasing tobacco taxes and a host of other policies that collectively help reduce tobacco use. Our latest victory was enacted into law in January 2016, making Hawai‘i the first state in the nation to increase its age of sale for tobacco products to 21!
Since deciding in 2012 to expand the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (“CTFH”) into the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (“HIPHI”) — moving from a singular focus on tobacco-related issues to a broader public health mission — we have made steady progress toward realizing the full potential of our organization. The latest evidence of this is the recent expansion of our staff to begin focusing on the promotion of nutrition and physical activity on the islands. This new initiative called HEAL (Healthy Eating + Active Living) will follow the tobacco control model of building and working within community coalitions committed to promoting healthy living.
The horizon is bright and we’re so thrilled to have your support as we continue our work make Hawai‘i the healthiest state in the nation.