Washington state well being regulators voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to impose a short-term ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and marijuana vaporizer goods, creating it the second state right after Massachusetts to ban cannabis vapes in some kind.
The Washington Board of Wellness voted 7-1 in favor of adopting the 120-day emergency ban, which is set to take impact Thursday.
The board’s choice to target flavored vaporizer cartridges is anticipated to have a important effect on the Washington state industry for marijuana vape goods, specifically companies and retailers that make and sell the accessories.
According to information offered by Seattle-primarily based information analytics firm Headset, at least five of the leading-15 promoting cannabis vape cartridges in Washington state in 2019 have been flavored.
In September, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee ordered well being officials to impose an emergency ban on flavored vaping goods for each e-cigarettes and these containing THC.
The Board of Wellness employed its emergency authority at its meeting Wednesday to stick to by means of on the governor’s order.
Regulators can opt for to renew the ban beyond the 120 days.
The ban offers state legislators the leeway to take up the vaping problem in 2020.
@WASBOH voted to adopt the emergency rule that will ban the sale of flavored vaping goods, such as flavored THC vapor goods, in WA. The rule is helpful for 120 days and becomes helpful right away upon filing w/ the code reviser’s workplace. pic.twitter.com/LwHZEGzDkQ
— WA Board of Wellness (@WASBOH) October 9, 2019
“A flavor ban is a prudent preventative step to support lower youth access and use of vapor goods through this outbreak,” according to the Board of Health’s web site.
Washington state regulators define “flavored” as something other than the “taste or aroma of tobacco or marijuana.”
Banned flavors include things like but are not restricted to:
- All fruit
- Alcoholic beverage
Study Editor Eli McVey contributed to this story.
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