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Ban set for selling tobacco, vaping items to those under 21


December 12, 2019

Whitman County Public Health Department reminds the public that Engrossed House Bill 1074 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, when it will become illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21.

In 2018, one in five Washington 10th graders and one in three 12th graders reported using vapor products (Healthy Youth Survey). Similar rates were reported in Whitman County.

Nearly all people who smoke begin doing so before age 21 when their brains are particularly vulnerable to the effects of nicotine―and most young people get tobacco and nicotine products from peers in their social networks. Youth who vape are at an increased risk of initiating cigarette smoke. Raising the legal age of sale will help protect kids and teens by preventing them from getting tobacco and vapor products from 18, 19 or 20 year olds.

Research shows that raising the age of sale for tobacco and vapor products to 21 will reduce the number of youth who develop a lifelong addiction to nicotine and save thousands of lives.

Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or is due to go into effect – in 18 states as well as D.C. and Guam.

Tobacco kills more than 8,000 Washington residents each year. Washingtonians can get free help to quit smoking or vaping by contacting the Washington State Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or by accessing a smartphone app at http://www.doh.wa.gov/quit. Parents and schools can find more information about how to address youth vaping at http://www.youthnow.me/schools.


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