An effort to ban the online sale of cigars and other tobacco products in the state of Hawaii has once again been introduced.

H.B. 387 would ban non-face to face for consumers, meaning residents of Hawaii could no longer purchase cigars and other tobacco products online or from mail-order catalogs. This bill will affect cigars and other tobacco products, the mailing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco from stores to consumers is already banned federally.

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This is at least the third consecutive year this proposal has been introduced.

In addition to banning online sales, the bill would increase annual fees for retail tobacco permits from $22.50 per year to $270.

The bill has passed its first committee vote with seven for and one exemption.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.