A bill introduced into the Hawaii Senate on Friday is seeking to keep new tobacco and e-cigarette stores from opening near schools, public parks, or public housing complexes.
S.B. 2304 was introduced by six state senators, and if passed would require any new tobacco specialty shop to be at least 750 feet from the designated places. Should it pass, violators would face a fine of $500 for the first day of offense, while any subsequent days of offense comes with a fine between $500 and $2,000.
It was the second piece of anti-tobacco legislation introduced on Friday, as another bill seeks to end the shipment of tobacco to individuals in the state.
The bill has not yet been referred to a committee. If it were to pass, the ban would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.