Tobacco tax clears final Senate committee

  • Brian Baker shows customers merchandise at Irie Smoke Shop.

  • Eric Heaukulani sells cigarettes at Irie Smoke Shop. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — After a decision by the state Senate Committee on Ways and Means Thursday, a new tobacco tax is one reading shy of heading to the House of Representatives for consideration.