New Law

On January 1, 2020 a new law went into effect in Washington State that makes it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under age 21.

Why is this law important?

  • Helps prevent initiation. Most people that smoke cigarettes start before age 18 and become addicted to nicotine.
  • Reduces tobacco related deaths and improves health. Every year 8,000 people in Washington die from tobacco related ilnnesses.
  • Decreases and delays youth use. Studies from the Institute of Medicine show raising the age to purchase tobacco will decrease youth initiation by 25%.


Vaping Associated Lung Injury

Vaping is associated with an outbreak of severe, and in some cases deadly lung injuries across the United States. There are no vaping-associated lung injuries confirmed in Thurston County. There are cases in Washington State.


Vaping Questions

  • Local residents call 360-867-2516
  • Local businesses call 360-867-2667
  • Media call 360-867-2514

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