April 19, 2016
Businesses selling vapor products such as electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine in Washington will soon be regulated by statewide rules. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6328 into law on Tuesday. It will create a set of policies for businesses selling the smoking alternatives, such as requiring them to purchase licenses through the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board and display signs reminding customers that buying the product is illegal for people under the age of 18.
Under existing law, there are few rules governing the sale of vapor products in the state. It’s illegal to sell an e-cigarette to people under the age of 18, but the law is difficult to enforce, according to some who worked to pass the new regulations and the state Department of Health. The licensing will put money toward enforcing the age requirement.