E-Cigarette Regulations
5:01 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Oregon House Approves Ban On Selling E-Cigarettes To Kids

Oregon lawmakers voted to ban the sales of e-cigarettes to kids.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 4:24 pm

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

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4:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Wash. Attorney General Wants To Limit Access To Tobacco To 21 And Over

According to the Washington State Health Department smoking kills more than 8,000 people each year.
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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of Health John Wiesman say adults shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco products until they are 21 years old.

They spoke in favor of a bill that would raise the age for access to tobacco products from 18 to 21. While no states have done this, a few cities have. Weisman says Needham, Massachusetts saw a big drop in tobacco use among teens.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
4:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Washington Legislature To Consider Ban on E-Cigs and Vaporizers

A Washington state senator received a tip that minors were buying e-cigarettes to modify them for use with marijuana.
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A state senate committee will hear a proposal this week that would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes and vaporizers to minors.

Last fall Senator Judy Warnick got a tip from a police officer from her district in Moses Lake. He noted students were buying e-cigarettes easily from one store in particular.

“…and then they were modifying them so they could use marijuana in those cigarettes,” Warnick said.

She said there wasn’t much he could do about it. There are no rules that prohibit selling e-cigarettes to minors.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
7:28 am
Fri January 2, 2015

More Restrictions May Be Coming For 'Vape Shops' In 2015

Brad Bellinger is the owner of Lilac City Vapor, an electronic cigarette store in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Some cities and counties around the Northwest are tightening up local rules on businesses that sell e-cigarettes. And shop owners in Washington state are bracing for a tax fight at the legislature in 2015.

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Pot Poisoning
5:14 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Accidental Pot Poisoning In Kids Continues Upward Trend

The concentrated liquid nicotine used to fill e-cigarettes can be brightly colored and flavored...and can be harmful to children.
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According to two new reports from the Washington Poison Center, the number of unintended marijuana poisonings in children in Washington state continues to go up. And now e-cigarettes are a growing concern.

In a report out today, the Washington Poison Control center says most of the cases of accidental marijuana poisoning are among older kids, ages 13 to 19.

But whether they're nine or 19, the results can be the same: When kids get into something they shouldn't -- like their parents' pot stash -- they can get sick.

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5:33 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Justin Newman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:58 pm

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes.

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E-Cigarette Regulations
6:24 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Idaho E-Cigarettes Need Regulation

The letter points out there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions.
Credit Lindsay Fox

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 39 of his colleagues want tougher regulations for electronic cigarettes. The group hopes the federal government will act by Halloween.

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Potential E-Cigarette Tax
4:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Ponder A Tax On E-Cigarettes


Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:34 pm

E-cigarettes, the rapidly growing alternative to traditional cigarettes, were the focus of a hearing in Salem on Tuesday.

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