With the effect of the new smoking laws on Big Island, retailers will need to comply by only selling tobacco products to people 21 years of age and older. The legal age to purchase tobacco products on the Big Island will jump from 18 years of age up to 21 years of age beginning July 1. Retailers who violate this law will be subject to fines of $500 (first offense) and up to $2,000 for second offense.
Retailers will also be responsible for posting proper signage in their store, notifying customers that the sale of tobacco products to persons under twenty-one years of age is prohibited. A fine of $100 will be charged to retailers who fail to post the proper signage, a $250 fine for the second offense and $500 for a third offense. The text on these signs needs to be at least 1/2 inch thick.