Tobacco and Vaping

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. 

 This law:

  • 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.

Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke causes an estimated 49,400 lung cancer and heart disease deaths among non-smokers every year in the United States and is known to cause asthma and chronic respiratory infections. Protect yourself and your loved ones by making your home and car smoke-free.

 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.   

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