Pierce County Joins Efforts to Keep E-Cigs/Vap from Minors

Destiney Patterson (left) and Vaelupemaua "Lupe" Anitema (right) Salishan Community Health Advocates, provided testimony that helped Pierce County Board of Health ban e-cig/vaping products for minors. Congrats!

Destiney Patterson (left) and Vaelupemaua "Lupe" Anitema (right) Salishan Community Health Advocates, provided testimony that helped Pierce County Board of Health ban e-cig/vaping products for minors. Congrats!

Yesterday, Pierce County became the fifth county in the state to make it illegal for minors to possess electronic cigarette products, and vaping will largely be subject to restrictions imposed in the state’s decade-old ban on smoking in public places. Pierce joins King, Grant, Snohomish & Clark counties in instituting local rules for the products after a bill to impose statewide regulations died in the Legislature’s 2015 session. We congratulate Salishan Community Health Advocates Destiney Patterson and Vaelupemaua Anitema for testifying at the hearing. "Their testimony helped reinforce the information provided to the Board of Health. In addition, their testimony was very powerful because they shared their own personal experience and knowledge," said Miae Aramori, program manager for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Pierce County’s new rules will also require e-cigarette liquid to be sold in child-resistant packaging. There have been numerous poisonings associated with these liquids. To learn more about e-cigarettes and vaping, check out a recent special edition of Healthy Gen’s Health Policy News You Can Use dedicated to the topic.