The Smoking in Public Places Law was passed in 2005, making Washington the 10th state in the country to implement a law prohibiting smoking in all restaurants and bars, as well as the 5th state to require that 100 percent of all indoor workplaces be smoke-free. In January 2015, the Health District created Chapter 13 of the local code, which clarified places of employment and that the law applied to marijuana and hookah smoking, as well as to cigarettes. However, neither of these laws pertain to vaping or the use of vapor products in public. Chapter 14 was adopted in November 2015 to address that gap, and amended in June 2016 to align with the newly adopted state law.
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At the November 10 meeting, the Board of Health voted 10-0 to approve the proposed ordinance. The vapor products ordinance was designed to protect the public's health by prohibiting vaping in public places and by regulating sales of vapor products to reduce access by underage youth. In April 2016, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6328 relating to vapor products into law. Our Board of Health approved Ordinance 2016-002 in June 2016, making amendments to Chapter 14 of the Health District's sanitary code needed to ensure alignment to the new state law.
An official public comment period was open October 8-23, as well as two public hearings at the October and November Board of Health meetings. A summary of the overall process and changes made to the draft ordinance, as well as a record of all comments received, are linked below.
Snohomish Health District
3020 Rucker Ave
Everett, WA 98201
There are over 500 brands and more than 7,000 flavors of vaping liquids, but 0 regulations on the manufacturing or use of these products.
3020 Rucker Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
6101 200th St. SW,
Lynnwood, WA 98036