WA legislature to consider new vapor product regulations, as flavored vape ban nears end date

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Vaping or using e-cigarettes for a long period of time was associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases in a new study.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The temporary flavored vape ban will be lifted in just over two weeks, but the Washington State Legislature is expected to address a number of bills to further regulate vapor products.

In October, the Washington State Board of Health enacted a temporary ban of flavored vaping products, and in November, a temporary emergency ban of vitamin E acetate.

Since then, the CDC has reported that the prevalence of vaping-related lung illnesses has declined.

They have also linked the illness outbreak to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vapor products. Additionally, vitamin E acetate has also been strongly linked to the illnesses, and has been found in the lungs of patients of the illness, according to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

The flavored vaping product ban lasts until February 7 – after which licensed retailers may sell the items again. The vitamin E acetate ban will remain until March 19, though the Liquor and Cannabis Board notes that it could be extended.

Now, the Washington State Legislature is expected to consider several bills regarding the regulation of vapor products – including the banning of vitamin E acetate, and the banning of all flavors of non-THC products.