Changes to Vapor Product Regulations in Pierce County

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The rules governing the sale and use of vapor products have changed recently as a result of newly adopted regulations by local, state, and federal authorities.

On July 6, 2016, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health amended the Environmental Health Code by adopting a revised Chapter 9: Restrictions on the Use of Vapor Products. These regulations are effective immediately. Chapter 9:

  • Prohibits use of vapor products in indoor public places and places of employment; and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows and ventilation intakes.
  • Regulates the sampling of vapor products in retail outlets by requiring ventilation systems and other restrictions.
  • Authorizes the Health Department to issue penalties for code violation and to impose fees for re-inspections.  
The Washington State Legislature passed SB 6328 into law in March 2016. Most of the key provisions were effective June 28, 2016. The legislation:
  • Authorizes the Washington Sate Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to establish a licensing system for the sale and distribution of vapor products.
    • LCB regulations include ID requirements for sales, signage, coupons, and product placement.
    • LCB will begin accepting retail license applications on Aug. 1, 2016.
    • LCB will also regulate the delivery of vapor products including internet sales.
  • Prohibits the use of vapor products in certain outdoor places; specifically in areas where children congregate.
  • Makes it illegal for youth under 18 to purchase or possess vapor products.

View additional resources including signage, retail letters and FAQs.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) also passed regulations that affect the manufacture, distribution and sales of vapor products and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The products are now deemed to be subject to many of the same federal regulations that govern tobacco products. These regulations are effective Aug. 8, 2016. The FDA will:

  • Review new vapor products not yet on the market.
  • Help prevent misleading claims by vapor product manufactures.
  • Evaluate the ingredients of vapor products and how they are made.
  • Communicate the potential risks of vapor products.
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Administrative Record Documentation
Review the information and documents below to learn about the extensive public input processes used to develop the regulations.