New laws could target e-cig businesses
OLYMPIA, Wash. - While tobacco smokers claim e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking traditional cigarettes, there's a concern so-called 'vaping' is encouraging minors to start smoking.
State law prohibits the sale of vaping products to those under the age of 18, but Governor Jay Inslee wants lawmakers to do more to restrict sales to children.
A governor's spokesperson said Inslee is working with the Department of Health and other lawmakers to come up with a list of proposed changes to be debated during next year's legislative session.
The state might require retailers to obtain special licenses to sell vaping products, making it easier for the state to track sales and where to conduct undercover operations.
Vaping supplies could be banned from school campuses or the state could require warning labels or childproof packaging on products.
A bill during the last session would have taxed vaping products like tobacco.
Currently e-cigarettes sales only face sales taxes.
Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, said increasing taxes for the products would help keep kids away from vaping, but the governor has not said if he would support higher taxes for e-cigarette products.