Washington lawmakers retreat on flavored vaping ban

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Lawmakers have backed down from their proposal to ban flavored vape products.

Originally, Senate Bill 6254 would have made permanent the emergency ban on flavored vape products that was approved by the Board of Health in October. But The Seattle Times reports the legislation was amended Monday in the Senate, and now allows for the sale of such products to those 21 and older.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s senior public health policy adviser Molly Voris said the governor is “disappointed” with the amendment.

The 120-day statewide ban, which expires Thursday, came after the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed youth vapor use an epidemic.

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