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OLYMPIA – Minors would be barred from buying “vapor” cigarettes under a bill headed for Gov. Jay Inslee.
In a 46-1 vote, the Senate approved a bill Thursday that would make it a gross misdemeanor to sell non-combustible tobacco products to minors. The products extract nicotine from tobacco without a flame.
Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, said it’s important to keep the products from teens because nicotine habits can be formed early in life. Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, said banning their sale to minors is important but “this does not validate the use for adults.”
The bill passed the House unanimously last month.
OLYMPIA — “Vapor” cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the need to light up tobacco, would be illegal for minors in Washington under a bill that got unanimous support from a House panel this morning.
The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee voted 8-0 to put so-called vapor products under the same age restrictions as cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The products give the user a dosage of nicotine in a device designed to look like a cigarette that releases a vapor.
Committee members described House Bill 1937 as a “no brainer” in a state that doesn't even allow the sale of cigarette papers to minors, and a representative of RJR Tobacco said the company supports it. Chairman Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, said the issue is nicotine and “this is just different delivery system.”