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Vaping & Vapor Products

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.

INFOGRAPHIC:​​ E-Cigarettes and Vaping: What You Should Know. (PDF)  


Vaping & Vapor Products Ordinance

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.


Requirements for Vapor Product Retail Outlets (NEW)

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:

  • Any device that uses a battery or other mechanism to heat a solution or substance to produce a vapor or aerosol intended for inhalation
  • A cartridge or container intended to be used with or in such a device, or to refill such a device
  • A solution or substance intended for use in such a device, such as e-liquids or concentrated nicotine

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:

  • Category 1: For retail outlets that sell vapor products that do not allow sampling at their location.
  • Category 2: For retail outlets selling vapor products that prohibit minors from entering and allow sampling in compliance with Chapter 14

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.


Public Process Materials

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.

Agendas & Presentations

General Resources  

Laws & Legislation

Potential Health Effects

Youth Use Concerns



Contact us

Snohomish Health District
3020 Rucker Ave
Everett, WA 98201


Did you know?

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.