Labels on e-cigarettes and vapor products in Washington state would warn of the harmful effects of nicotine and to keep the product away from children.
OLYMPIA — The Legislature has passed a bill that would create a number of regulations for companies selling vapor products, such as requiring labels both to warn of the harmful effects of nicotine and to keep the product away from children.
Senate Bill 6328 was approved by the House on a 74-20 vote Tuesday, and will head to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill defines vapor products to include e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, as well as the nicotine solutions that go into the device.
If signed by the governor, sellers of vapor products would have to be licensed through the state Liquor and Cannabis Board, and vaping would be banned from places such as child care facilities and schools.
Vapor products currently can’t be sold to people under 18, but the industry is largely unregulated statewide.
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