At the October 9, 2019 Washington State Board of Health [SBOH] meeting, an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products in the state was adopted. It is anticipated to take effect October 10, 2019.
The emergency rule:
1) Imposes a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, including flavored THC vapor products, in Washington.
- The rule will become effective immediately upon filing with the code reviser’s office. (Anticipated to happen today, Oct 10.)
- The rule is effective for 120 days.
- The duration of the emergency rule leads up to the legislative session, allowing state legislators to take up the issue in in 2020.
2) Requires vapor retailers to display a warning sign – warning the risk of lung disease associated with the use of vapor products.
3) Requires health care providers and facilitates to report cases of lung injury associated with vape use to their local health jurisdiction within three days.
Here is the full language of the adopted emergency rule:
The rule will become Chapter 80 in Title 246 WAC. Once posted online, you will find it on the page for Title 246 WAC:
The SBOH acted in response to the Govenor’s Executive Order 19-03.