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Comments & Feedback Requested: Tobacco & Vapor Product Prevention & Control Strategic Plan

The Washington State Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program, Gay City Health Project and the Rede Group have been working with stakeholders over the past several months to identify strategic priorities for Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention & Control in Washington State. Click here to view the draft priorities that were developed based on the input of stakeholders across the state through a series of interviews, small group discussions and a prioritization session.

New Resource - Reducing Vaping among Youth and Young Adults

This new SAMHSA guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.

Download the publication from here

This is Quitting Social Media Content for COVID-19

As a follow-up to the original post regarding our work with the Truth Initiative ( here are some tailored social media messages to use during this time:


Help Promote This is Quitting, a Text-to-Quit Vaping Program for Teens & Young Adults

Building off the success of its smartphone app to help teens and young adults quit vaping, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (CTPP) is partnering with Truth Initiative to promote an innovative text-to-quit vaping program, This is Quitting.

2019 Monitoring the Future data shows increase in youth marijuana vaping

The 2019 Monitoring the Future (MTF) data, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), shows that youth marijuana vaping is becoming more prevalent. In particular, "After remaining mostly stable for many years, daily use of marijuana went up significantly since 2018 among eighth and 10th graders–now at 1.3% and 4.8% respectively." 

CDC releases Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on risk factors for vaping-associated lung injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report November 8, 2019 on vaping-associated lung injury. Most U.S. patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) report using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Product use behaviors that increase risk for EVALI are unknown.

What is added by this report?

Flavored vapor product ban in effect

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.