Senate Bill 1009 seeks to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products due to what public health advocate Trish La Chica calls a “vaping epidemic” in Hawaii.

She is policy and advocacy director for the nonprofit Hawaii Public Health Institute, which also wants to ensure healthy beverages for kids are offered at Hawai residents, including fast food outlets that serve children’s meals.

She joins Pod Squad host Chad Blair this week to talk about both issues.

Trish La Chica of the Hawaii Public Health Institute brought a basket of vaping products to her Pod Squad interview.

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