On Thursday November 6 the Hawaii County Council held the first committee vote on Bill 302 which would add e-cigarettes to the current clean air ordinance, thus banning the use of e-cigarettes anywhere other tobacco products are currently prohibited including beaches. The committee vote was 6-2 in support of the bill. The next step will be for Bill 302 to be voted on by the entire council and then if passed sent to the Mayor for his signature. If Bill 302 passes the full vote Hawaii County will be the first county in our state to amend their clean air ordinance to include e-cigarettes.
The Honolulu City Council also took up the debate at its November 12 meeting with a proposal to add e-cigarettes to its local smoke-free ordinance. As the e-cigarette debate continues to gain momentum please take a moment and think about what can you do in your community to make sure the e-cigarette industry’s aggressive and unregulated marketing efforts do not obscure the harmful effects of smoking. For more information on e-cigarettes and public health click here.
Earlier this year the American Heart Association released a statement on e-cigarettes click here if you would like to read it.