8 in 10
youth who use tobacco started with a flavored product.
of smokers started before
they were 21, most with
a flavored tobacco product
Something Doesn’t Taste Right
  • There are estimated to be more than 15,500 vaping flavors on the market
  • Youth who vape are 10 times more likely to start smoking
  • Menthol cigarettes are disproportionately marketed to and used by minority communities
  • 25.5 % of Hawai‘i high schoolers vape (more than 2x national average)
  • 15.7 % of Hawai‘i middle schoolers vape (more than 3x national average)
of Native Hawaiian and
Pacific Islander smokers
use menthol cigarettes
increase in youth vaping
in the last year, with
nearly all using flavored e-liquids

Do Something About It

Add your name and/or your organization in support of legislation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored e-liquids, menthol cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah, and smokeless tobacco.

Add your name in support of legislation to prohibit flavors in all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.


Add your organization in support of legislation to prohibit flavors in all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

Who is behind this?

This campaign is being coordinated by Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute. Ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products is the top priority of our Youth Council members for the 2019 legislative session.

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i is a national trailblazer in reducing tobacco use through education, policy, and advocacy. Hawai‘i Public Health Institute is a hub for building healthy communities, providing issue-based advocacy, education, and technical assistance through partnerships with government, academia, foundations, business, and community-based organizations.


bill # coming soon
Would end the sale the sale and distribution of all flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, including menthol
Thousands of fruit and candy-flavored vaping e-liquids that are addicting our keiki would be off the market in Hawai‘i, including menthol cigarettes, flavored smokeless tobacco, and flavored cigars. Menthol and other flavors are used to mask the harshness of tobacco, making it easy for people to start smoking and become addicted to nicotine.
Would help protect our young people from a lifetime of tobacco addiction
Hawai‘i is already experiencing a youth vaping epidemic. With 8 in every 10 kids starting with a flavored tobacco product, a major way to address young people’s use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is to prohibit the sale of flavors that attract youth in the first place and discourage them from trying these products.
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Updated 1/19/19

Health Organizations

‘Ohana Health Plan
Adventist Health – Castle
Akamai Recovery Maui
American Academy of Pediatrics – Hawaii Chapter
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Big Island Substance Abuse Council
Blue Zones Project
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii
Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i
Get Fit Kauai
Hamakua Kohala Health Centers
Hana Lima Physical Therapy
Hawaii Pacific Health
Hawaii Public Health Association
Hawai‘i Public Health Institute
Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi
I Ola Lahui
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Kauai Rural Health Association
Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition
Lāna‘i Community Health Center
Papa Ola Lōkahi
Pediatric Therapies Hawaii
Project Vision Hawai‘i
Tobacco Prevention Project, Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
West Hawaii Community Health Center

Youth and Community Organizations

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
Baldwin HS Peer Education
Hale ‘Ōpio Kaua’i Inc.
Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS)
Hawaii Children’s Action Network
Hui Ola Pono (UH Public Health’s Student Organization)
Kiwanis Club of the Valley Island
Moanalua HS Peer Education Program
Pacific American Foundation
The Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park-Beach Cleanup Team
Waiakea High School PTSA
Waipahu Int. Youth for Safety Club

Elected Officials & Government

Sen. Stanley Chang
Rep. Stacelynn Eli
Rep. Sharon Har
Maui County Councilmember Kelly King
Hawai‘i County Councilmember Sue Lee Loy
Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34
County of Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney

Health & Community Leaders

Frank R. Baum, M.D.
Janet Berreman, M.D.
Clifford Chang, MPH
Jeffrey H. Chester, DO
Carmen Cook, LMFT
Joan Craft, RN
Keawe Kaholokula. PhD
Carol R. Ignacio
Colleen F Inouye, M.D.
Mark Levin, J.D.
Jasmin Kiernan, RN
Bryan Mih, M.D.
Michael Robinson, MBA, MA
Janice Shishido
Catherine Taschner, J.D.
Jill Tokuda
John A. H. Tomoso, MSW, ACSW, LSW
Linda Weiner, M.D.
Cassiopia Yamashita


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Mid Pacific Institute
Sacred Hearts Academy
Saint Louis Schools
Waiakea High School


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