County lawmaker accepted gifts from anti-tobacco lobby

County lawmaker accepted gifts from anti-tobacco lobby

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Gift disclosures filed last month show a lawmaker accepted a $536 plane ride from anti-tobacco lobbyists before sponsoring a ban on e-cigarettes anywhere tobacco is prohibited.

West Hawaii Today reports the Honolulu-based Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii paid for Hawaii County Council Chairman Dru Kanuha to fly to a policy stakeholder meeting in September, about a month before he introduced the e-cigarette bill that later passed.

The group also paid to fly a staff member to leadership training in November.

Kanuha in 2013 sponsored another law on behalf of the coalition, this one raising the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21.

The councilman was traveling Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.