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Hawaii Remains a Leader in Passing Policies to Reduce Tobacco Use Finds New American Lung Association Report

(January 24, 2018) - Honolulu | Hawaii

2018 ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report finds Hawaii’s policies among the best in the nation

The American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of Tobacco Control” shows Hawaii continues its leadership in prioritizing policies that save lives and reduce tobacco use. The 16th annual report grades states and the federal government on policies proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and finds that Hawaii’s grades are some of the best in the nation. The report applauds Hawaii for its policies, and urges elected officials to do more to save lives and ensure all Hawaii residents benefit.

“Nationwide, smoking rates have continued to decline to historically low levels, yet tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease killing over 480,000 Americans each year,” said American Lung Association Executive Director in Hawaii, Kahala Howser. “Tobacco use is a serious addiction, and the fact that 13 percent of Hawaii residents are current smokers highlights how much work remains to be done in our communities to prevent and reduce tobacco use.”

D      Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs

A      Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws

C      Level of State Tobacco Taxes

C      Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco

A      Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21

The report also details that as a result of decades of targeted marketing by the tobacco industry, too many Americans haven’t seen the benefits of reduced smoking rates, and Hawaii and the federal government could do more to ensure all Americans benefit from tobacco control efforts. According to the American Lung Association, increasing tobacco taxes is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use, not only among low-income individuals but also for youth. To protect kids from a lifetime of nicotine addiction, the Lung Association in Hawaii encourages Hawaii to increase tobacco taxes, including taxing electronic smoking devices.

“We know how to reduce tobacco use in this country. ‘State of Tobacco Control’ looks at proven methods to save lives and protect the health of all Americans,” said Howser. “Hawaii elected officials must act to implement these proven policies, which will prevent tobacco-caused death and disease, and help keep our lungs healthy.”

For media interested in speaking with an expert about the “State of Tobacco Control” report, lung health, tobacco use and tobacco control policies, contact Kahala Howser at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or (808) 867-5375.


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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.  The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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