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Brief Overview

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies e-cigarettes and all related products as tobacco products. They regulate the sale, advertising, promotion, distribution, manufacture, import, packaging and labeling of e-cigarette products based on the laws set forth in the Tobacco Control Act and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

On January 1, 2016, Hawaii adopted a law in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (Section 328J) that places e-cigarettes under the same regulations as tobacco cigarettes. As such, the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in indoor public places. This includes, but is not limited to: businesses, retail stores, restaurants, bars, enclosed or partially enclosed places that are owned, leased or operated by the state or counties, sports arenas/stadiums, health care facilities, and within 20 feet of all exits and entrances to these places. E-cigarette use is also prohibited in all state parks.

There are a large number of e-cigarette stores to be found throughout Hawaii, mainly in and around Honolulu, with a smaller number also to be found in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, and Kahului.

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The United States is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The United States signed the FCTC on May 10, 2004, but has not ratified the treaty.

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Hawaii Revised Statutes (Section 328J):

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