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Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

Hawai’i Attorney General Clare Connors filed a lawsuit in state Circuit Court on Monday against the e-cigarette company JUUL and its parent firm.

Hawaii Updates: 9 New Cases; Study Says Hawaii Testing Suppressing COVID

Jul 1, 2020
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Updated: 7/1/2020, 11:51 a.m.


The Hawaii Health Department announced 9 new cases of COVID-19 today. Seven cases are on Oahu and two on Maui. Oahu's case count stands at 659, Maui County's at 125, Hawaii County's at 87 and Kauai's at 38. A total of 17 residents were diagnosed outside of Hawaii.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A bill aimed at raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and electronic smoking devices has stalled in the state House of Representatives.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-emitting devices.

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The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

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WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.

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An anti-vaping summit is planned this week in Honolulu and state lawmakers scheduled a briefing Thursday on the rising youth use of e-cigarettes. Both events come as hundreds of users around the country have developed a mysterious lung illness and over two dozen deaths have been reported.

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The Hawaii Department of Health is advising all e-cigarette users to immediately stop vaping until more is known about its health impacts.

We talk e-cigarettes and vaping in Hawaii with Lola Irvin and Dr. Lance Ching from the state Department of Health; and Jostin Iriarte and Shannon Stevenson from Hi Lyfe Vaporz.

Click here for the FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

Click here for Stanford's Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

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Updated: August 8, 10:05 a.m.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, in Honolulu for a medical convention, raised alarms earlier this week about the heavy use of e-cigarettes by Hawaii’s youth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Hawaii number two among states for children grades 6 to 12 who are vaping. Hawaii's e-cigarette usage by its youngsters is double the average for the country as a whole.

HARTFORD, Conn. — A glimpse of student athletes in peak physical condition vaping just moments after competing in a football game led Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka to reconsider his approach to the epidemic.

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Hawaii lawmakers killed a proposal that would have banned flavored electronic smoking devices and e-liquids, saying they suspected teenagers would continue to get the products online even if sales were prohibited.

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The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping.

Students Rally in Opposition to Teen Vaping

Mar 20, 2019
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Eighty students from six different islands rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to protest the high rates of teen vaping seen in Hawaiʻi's schools. According to the Hawaiʻi Public Health  Insititute, one in four Hawaiʻi middle school students has tried an e-cigarette device.

Hawai'i Department of Health

E-Cigarette use among Hawai’i’s youth is double the national average and the Hawai’i Public Health Institute conducted it’s first-ever full-day conference to address the epidemic.

Tobacco Restrictions Considered at the Legislature

Apr 5, 2018
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Lawmakers are taking up two bills today, one making the University of Hawaiʻi a tobacco-free zone and another to restrict access to e-cigs to those under 21. The Hawaii Public Health Institute supports both measures.

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Apr 4, 2018

Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

The Conversation: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Nov 16, 2017
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Health Science of Vaping; Hawaii Island Bus System; New Data on Coral Bleaching

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A study out this week shows that quitting smoking cold turkey is the most effective method of kicking the habit.  For many, that process can be helped by nicotine patches, acupuncture and other aids.  Governments can also play a role—whether that’s raising the legal smoking age as Hawai‘i has—or taking a different approach as authorities are doing in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

E-Cigarettes Targeted by Lawmakers

Feb 10, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A number of bills are advancing in the legislature that would outlaw the sale of electronic smoking devices and liquids to minors under the age of 21.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.