Governor Ige Prioritizes Public Health Over Big Tobacco’s Profits

ACS CAN Celebrates Veto of Harmful Legislation that Would Have Reversed Decades of Progress Fighting Tobacco Use

July 6, 2021

HONOLULU — Governor Ige vetoed House Bill 1296 today that would have repealed Hawaii’s successful Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund. Following is a statement from Cynthia Au, Hawaii government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network:

“Hawaii has a long and successful history of reducing tobacco use. Preserving this critical funding will allow us to continue to counter the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing in our communities and save more lives.    

“Well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs are one of the most effective ways to help adults quit using tobacco and protect youth from starting. Although we’ve made great progress over the past two decades, the work is far from over. Nearly 31% of Hawaii’s keiki use e-cigarettes and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death—making the need for strong tobacco control funding more important than ever.

“Mahalo to Governor Ige for prioritizing this lifesaving program that will help protect us from the harms of tobacco use for generations to come.”


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