Hawaii’s state senate introduced a bill that threatens to make it much harder to open a new vape shop. Now it’s emerged that another bill put forward at the same time could ban all online sales of vapor products. If these two initiatives become law it’s going to be much harder for residents of the isolated state to obtain safer alternatives to tobacco – and the effect on the smoking rate is predictable. The first bill, SB2304, was proposed by a group of six state senators. Its stated aim is to prevent young people taking up smoking by banning any “specialty tobacco shop” from opening within 750 feet of schools, parks or public housing. Anyone caught violating the law would face a $500 fine on the first day the offence was committed, with the penalty potentially rising to $2,000 for each subsequent day. As well as this move against brick and mortar stores there’s a second prong to the state senate’s attack. Another bill, SB2654, targets online sales. It’s a follow-up to a bill that was floated in the state House last session, and its goal is to end online "tobacco" sales. It will make it illegal to ship tobacco products to anyone who isn’t involved in the sale or distribution of tobacco; this obviously bans any sale to a private individual. What matters for vapers is that SB2654 also adds e-liquid to the state’s definition of “tobacco product. The result is that both bills’ provisions would automatically affect vapor products too. Vape shops will be counted as “specialty tobacco shops”, while it will also become impossible to order e-liquid online from Hawaii-based retailers. So to break it down if bill SB2654 is passed it will make it illegal for Hawaii residents to buy from any online vendor/wholesaler/person outside of Hawaii. Also it will make it illegal for vendors/wholesalers/person to sale to Hawaii residents. If caught they are proposing it will be a misdemeanour offense and civil fine of $5000. So buyer and seller will get charged and fines. Now what is a civil fine. Apparently it means that the state of Hawaii can enforce the fine on anyone in any US state if caught selling and sending vape products to a Hawaii resident. Now Hawaii residents can still get vape products at a B&M but it seems like the gov. Is trying to shut down the B&Ms also. Funny thing is a Hawaii resident can come to the main land and bring back as much bape stuff as they want.