Washington and Idaho lawmakers crack down on e-cigarettes and vapor products
PULLMAN, WA —
Regulating vapor products and e-cigarettes; it's one of the main priorities for lawmakers in both Idaho and Washington.
The Washington State House approved a bill that would regulate vapor products, including banning people under the age of 18 from using them.
Electronic cigarettes have become very popular in recent year. Not the same as a cigarette, but still gives the same feeling, without the smell of smoke in the air.
However younger people, like minors, can get their hands on it in Washington State. And this is prompting action in the state of Washington from leaders including the attorney general, and lawmakers.
House bill 1645 prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products without a license. It also requires school districts to prohibit use of e-cigarettes on school property.
According to the American Lung Association in 2014 more than 13-percent of both middle school and high school students used e-cigarettes.
One of the biggest concerns for many people is safety. In 2015 there were at least 61 e-cigarette poisonings reported in the state of Washington alone. These types of products including vapor with nicotine are not regulated right now. They still cannot be sold to minors, but there are no laws in place that make it illegal for minors to possess vapor products.
Many of the people I spoke with today in Pullman told me they are for this bill and find the habit disgusting just like regular cigarettes.
The State House of Representatives approved the bill in a 59 to 36 vote.