Gov. Jay Inslee announced an executive order at a Seattle press conference Friday that changes how agencies will regulate, monitor, and communicate about a variety of vaping products. Other state leaders, including Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Washington State Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman, joined him at the event.
“We aren’t waiting for Big Tobacco to tell us what is in their products,” Inslee said. “We aren’t going to take health guidance from them, because we know that their goals are to make money and create new customers. That is what they are interested in. We are interested in ensuring that adults and young people have known and regulated ingredients in vaping products. Everyone deserves to know what is in the vaping liquid they are inhaling into their lungs.”
The announcement comes after medical professionals reported seven cases of severe lung illness in Washington from vaping devices or e-cigarette products. The Center for Disease Control has reported at least 12 deaths nationwide, as well as more than 800 cases of lung injury possibly related to these products.
Statement from Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins in response to Governor Inslee’s executive order on vaping products
“I stand in support of the executive order issued by Governor Inslee today requesting the Board of Health* to adopt an emergency rule banning flavored vaping products. Seven Washingtonians have recently been injured from vaping products. Nationally, there have been more than 800 reported vaping-related lung injuries and 12 deaths. Many of these injuries affected children and I fear these numbers will continue to grow.
“Like Big Tobacco before them, vaping and e-cigarette corporations have relied on a business strategy that targets youth to create a new generation of lifelong users. These dangerous practices must stop immediately.
“I want to thank Governor Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson, Secretary Wiesman, and Rep. Pollet for their leadership in addressing this serious public health crisis. I look forward to working with them and my fellow lawmakers next session on legislative solutions to this problem.”