Gov. Inslee introduces legislation to permanently ban flavored vape, tobacco products

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee followed up on a previous executive order, introducing legislation to permanently ban flavored vape products.

The legislation would prohibit the sale of flavored vapor products, but also limit the amount of nicotine, mandate manufacturing licenses and ingredient disclosure to the Department of Health, and limit the marketing of these products.

According to the Governor’s office, research indicates that vape flavors and marketing greatly increase the appeal, initiation and use of vapor and other tobacco products in adolescents.

In a survey conducted by the state in 2019, 27 percent of high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes. That same year, the U.S. Surgeon General declared e-cigarette usage a youth epidemic, and a review conducted by the Washington State Board of Health said that eliminating flavored vape products would lower usage amount young adults.