On January 1, 2020, a new law went into effect in Washington State that makes it illegal to sell or give tobacco products to anyone under age 21.
Helps prevent initiation. Most people who smoke cigarettes start before age 18 and become addicted to nicotine.
Decreases and delays youth use. Studies from the Institute of Medicine show raising the age to purchase tobacco will decrease youth initiation by 25%.
Reduces tobacco-related deaths and improves health. Every year, 8,000 people in Washington die from tobacco-related illnesses.
Washington state regulates vapor products. It is unlawful to sell vapor products to people under 18 years of age. Sellers are required to obtain a license, and products in stores must be inaccessible to minors.
In 2005, Washington voters approved expanding the Clean Indoor Air Act, now called Smoking in Public Places Law, which makes all indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free. The law prohibits smoking in any indoor enclosed public places all the time.