Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington directed health officials on Friday to ban the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and vaping products in the state. In an executive order, the governor called on the state Board of Health to issue the ban, which is to include both nicotine and THC-based products, at its meeting scheduled for October 9. The ban would not go into effect until ordered by the board.
Inslee’s prohibition on vaping products along with several other measures were taken as a response to the nation’s ongoing rash of serious lung injuries and illnesses that have been tied to vaping and e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that more than 800 confirmed and probable cases of the mysterious lung condition and at least a dozen deaths have been tied to vaping.
“If I had a loved one, I would just tell them you’re playing dice with your lungs,” Inslee said at a press conference on Friday.
The governor also directed the state Department of Health and the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board to ban the use of any vaping ingredients that may be found to be the cause of the illnesses and to