No Public Vaping in Everett Beginning December 10th

November 15, 2015

Everett, Everett Government


Vaping in public becomes a no-no starting Dec. 10th.

Last week the Snohomish Health District voted to treat vaping in public the same as smoking tobacco.

The new rules for Everett, WA and all of Snohomish County take effect December 10th.

Here’s the rundown of what you need to know to stay in compliance if you’re a vaper…

In a 10-0 vote on Nov. 10, the Snohomish Health District’s Board of Health became the fifth county in the state to pass a law restricting vaping in public places and youth access to vapor products. Similar to the no smoking in public laws passed in 2005, adults will be prohibited from vaping in public starting December 10. This includes outdoor areas within 25 feet of an entryway, as well as indoor spaces like restaurants, bars, stores, movie theaters and other places of employment.

RESOURCE:   Summary of Newly Adopted Chapter 14 (PDF)

“E-cigarettes and vaping products release a cloud of chemicals that may be harmful, especially to our most vulnerable,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District. “This new law is the result of months of work and collaboration with county residents, aimed at protecting the greater public, particularly our youth, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.”

In order to prevent youth access, retailers selling vapor products will be required to post signs stating no sales to minors, and warnings that nicotine is toxic and should be kept away from children. Furthermore, the law stipulates that vapor products cannot be sold to, given to, or possessed by minors.

Retail outlets in Snohomish County will also be required to obtain a permit to sell vapor products. Locations that do not prohibit minors from entering, like grocery or convenience stores, will be required to keep all vapor products behind a counter or in a locked display. Vape-only retail outlets that do not allow minors in their store and meet other requirements, may obtain a different permit that allows sampling of vapor products, provided the store has a separate ventilation system. All vapor product retailers will have until Feb. 10 to submit completed permit applications, and must be fully permitted by May 10, 2016.

RESOURCE:   Preliminary Fee Schedule for Vapor Product Retail Outlets (PDF)

“We still have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “Staff are working to finalize all of the outreach materials and permit application forms, and we see the next six months or so focused on educating the community about these important changes.”

The public is encouraged to visit for more detailed information about the new law.

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