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Hawaii lawmakers are urged to stop sales of flavored e-cigs and tobacco

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Video by Mark Ladao and Kristen Consillio
State health officials and lawmakers are pushing to ban flavored tobacco products in Hawaii.
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Jessica Medrano, above left, Dilbuil Floyd Nakagawa, Alexis Cortes and Agnes Brown were demonstrating against flavored-tobacco products at the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii’s Youth Council on Monday in front of the state Capitol.

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On the state Capitol lawn, Dr. Kazuma Nakagawa talked about the hazards of vaping by kids.

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Students and public-health advocates addressed the more than 15,000 flavors used in tobacco and vape products as a way to hook kids. Along with the launch of the new website FlavorsHookKidsHI.org, a new visual display was unveiled Monday at the state Capitol featuring large fruit and candy shapes and letters that spell out “Candy flavored tobacco hooks kids.”