Washington State Senate approves bill to reduce youth access to vapor products

Vaped Magazine March 30, 2016 0
Washington State Senate approves bill to reduce youth access to vapor products

The Washington State Senate has recently passed a bill to decrease youth access to vapor products, with a 37-6 vote. The bill has combined a number of proposals, including agency requesting legislation from Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee. Now the bill has been forwarded to the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 6328 is a revised bill sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R-Puyallup). It has come up with a strong set of rules for the state related to the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products somewhat like the youth access laws for tobacco in Washington.

Presently, there is virtually no rule for nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and vapor products that are dangerous for children. Stores and online retailers are selling e-cigarettes without state license. There is no enforcement of the ban in the state against the sale of vapor products to minors, and there are just some regulations protecting consumers.

The legislation will create retail, distributor, and delivery licenses for carrying out the practice of selling e-cigarettes and vapor products, allowing the state to keep a track record of the sale and source of e-cigarettes, and ‘e-juice’ or concentrated nicotine present in vapor products.

Ferguson said, “This bill is an important step in protecting our kids from a largely unregulated industry. By increasing enforcement and labeling requirements, we increase public safety and empower consumers to make informed decisions on what they consume”.

The fees received for such licenses will make thrice the enforcement dollars that go to the Liquor and Cannabis Board for tobacco and vapor product enforcement, to make sure that the products have not been sold to children. The rise in fees is also going to triple state dollars used on youth prevention.

In a report published by the Washington Times, “Washington’s Legislature has passed a bill that would create a number of regulations for companies selling vapor products such as requiring labeling that warns of the health effects of vaping.”

Senate Bill 6328 was approved by the House on a 74-20 vote Tuesday and will head to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill defines vapor products to include e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, as well as the nicotine solutions that go into the device.

According to a report in KPQ by Jason Taylor, “The Washington State Senate has approved a bill requiring companies selling vapor products to be licensed through the State Liquor & Cannabis Board. It will also implement a number of other regulations to the industry.”

Senate Bill 6328 passed the chamber with a 37-6 vote and next heads to the House for consideration. The proposal defines vapor products to include vaping devices such as electronic cigarettes and nicotine solutions used with these devices.

“At least 61 e-cigarette poisonings were reported to the Washington State Poison Control Center in 2015, about 50 of which involved children between the ages of 1 and 3 years,” according to a news report published by Heraldnet.

And the most recent Healthy Youth Survey of state school children in the sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades found that while smoking has declined significantly among youths, nearly 1 in 5 tenth-graders said they had used e- cigarettes in the past 30 days; and 13 percent of 10th graders who do not smoke reported using e-cigarettes in the same period. For youths, e-cigarettes are not a method for quitting smoking but an introduction to it.

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