Council Toughens Restrictions on Tobacco Sales, Including E-Cigarettes
The County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill outlawing the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21.
Bill 135 contains a “grandfather” clause that exempts anyone 18 years of age or older as of June 30, 2014, the day before the bill goes into effect.
Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha, who introduced the bill, said he expects Mayor Billy Kenoi to sign it into law, noting that it is in keeping with the mayor’s ongoing health initiatives.
“If we can stop even a handful of keiki from getting addicted to tobacco, then this bill is doing what it’s intended to do,” Kanuha told Big Island Now.