Vapor Products

What you need to know about the law regulating vapor products

Important Public Health Message about Vapor Products
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with vapor products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges). This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a single cause, but all reported cases have a history of using vapor products. The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC are linked to most cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

To learn more, including information about the current flavored vapor product ban, please visit our Vapor and Public Health page

State law requires:

  • 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 law, RCW 70.345, regulating vapor products will impact all tobacco retailers became 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. 

In 2019, the legislature clarified the tax on tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other vaping products, despite the fact that no tobacco or cigarette tax had been previously paid on these products. As of January 1, 2020, tobacco products (including vapor products) will be prohibited for use under the age of 21.

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