The votes are in. Washington’s State Board of Health passed a ban on all flavored vaping products Wednesday afternoon, despite members of the crowd reportedly testifying that they would harm themselves if the state implemented the ban.
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“The idea that I heard from several of you that if there was a ban on flavors you would choose to harm yourself, I have a hard time understanding that,” said Keith Grellner, chair of the Washington State Board of Health. “And I plead with you, don’t harm yourself to make a point, because you are only harming yourself.”
The votes were unanimously in favor of the ban. The ban on flavored vaping products is temporary and will last 120 days. It goes into effect immediately after being filed, which could be as soon as Thursday. Governor Jay Inslee followed the vote with praise for the board.
“I am pleased the State Board of Health agrees we cannot wait to act on this very important public health issue,” Inslee said. “It comes down to protecting the health of Washingtonians, especially young people. These emergency rules will help protect public health and save lives.”
Inslee recently signed an executive order addressing the regulation of vaping products. He asked the board of health to look into a ban on flavored vaping products.
Hours of debate Wednesday included a tense back-and-forth between the crowd and the board, with members of the audience interrupting the proceedings, objecting to the ban.
“I beg you, give them 30 days