American Lung Association Statement on the Washington State Board of Health Approving the Prohibition of the Sale of Flavored E-cigarette Products
(October 10, 2019) - SEATTLE, Wash.
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Statement of Carrie Nyssen, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Washington:
“The American Lung Association in Washington congratulates the Washington State Board of Health for voting to approve Governor Inslee’s executive order addressing the youth vaping epidemic. Amidst a growing number of vaping related deaths and illnesses, the order protects Washingtonians by prohibiting the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products, developing a warning sign on health risks for e-cigarette retailers, authorizing increased public information campaigns on e-cigarettes, and other actions to curtail this epidemic.
Research shows that 97 percent of current youth e-cigarette users utilized a flavored product in the past month, and 70 percent cite flavors as a key reason for their use. This epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency, and the American Lung Association in Washington applauds the action of Governor Inslee and the State Board of Health.”
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