Cigarette ban measure fails to pass committee

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KAILUA-KONA — A bill aiming to ban cigarette sales failed to pass its first committee on Thursday.

The state House Committee on Health voted 7-0 to hold House Bill 1509, effectively killing it.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Richard Creagan (D-Naalehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua and a portion of Kailua-Kona) sought to halt the sale of cigarettes by increasing the minimum age to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023, and 100 in 2024.

The bill did not apply to electronic smoking devices or cigars, which Creagan, a physician, saw as safer alternatives. Chewing tobacco also is left out.


  1. Uncle Kokomo February 9, 2019 9:36 am

    The bill was so ridiculous, I’m surprised it even got any media coverage at all.

    1. randy February 9, 2019 1:34 pm

      It may be true that the more ridiculous a bill is the more the press cover it.

      1. J.P. Evans February 9, 2019 4:21 pm

        True dat! – I first heard about it on CNN

        1. Buds4All February 10, 2019 12:57 pm

          A fine News Agency that CNN. Barf!!!

  2. Bone Crusher February 9, 2019 12:31 pm

    And please don’t propose any more laws that create black markets and government overreach.

  3. guest February 10, 2019 9:18 am

    Lets get rid of people who make it their purpose to impose their will on the rest of us. Toss these loons out!

    1. David Long February 11, 2019 5:21 am

      You gotta clear out the dems before change can happen and you get your freedoms back

  4. Buds4All February 10, 2019 12:58 pm

    HaHaHa they are idiots.

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