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.
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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.
The approved ordinance will now become a newly created Chapter 14 of the Health District's sanitary code.
Businesses selling vapor products (i.e., e-cigarettes, e-hookah, tanks, vape pens, liquid nicotine, vaping liquid, etc.) are required to obtain a Vapor Product Retail Outlet permit from the Snohomish Health District. A vapor product is defined as:
Permit applications must be submitted by February 10, with retail outlets being fully permitted and in compliance by May 10, 2016. There are two types of permits available:
Retails outlets are encouraged to read the Chapter 14 summary linked above and What Businesses Must Do to Prohibit Smoking or Vaping in Public, as well as visit the Permits & Fees and Signage Requirements pages for more information.
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