New state laws requires:
• An introduction of three vapor products licenses for retailers, distributors, and delivery sellers.
• Licensing fees that change for all tobacco retailers.
• Penalties and fines to increase for all tobacco retailers.
The new law, ESSB 6328, regulating vapor products will impact all tobacco retailers effective June 28, 2016. It applies to items such as the ban on open displays, tasting restrictions, ad restrictions on coupons, as well as requirements for child-resistant packaging and labeling. The law regulates all vapor products, whether or not they contain nicotine and is intended to provide Washingtonians with consumer protection, child safety, and eliminating youth access.
The online vapor products license application is available July 1st, making the new licenses, fees, and penalties effective on August 1st.
Clarification: Licensees are no longer allowed to sell flavored cigarettes or cigarette tobacco, except menthol. Flavored cigars, flavored pipe tobacco and flavored chewing tobacco is still allowed for sale.