The electronic cigarette compliance checks, conducted on July 14, revealed that 95 percent of retailers did not sell an electronic cigarette or vaping device to a minor. Out of 21 retailers, one location sold to a minor. It is illegal to sell an e-cigarette to anyone under 18 years of age in Washington.
Public Health Administrator, Robin Read stated, “Years of tobacco prevention and control work likely contributed to most retailers not selling these products to minors,” Adding “Retailers who have their own internal policies to input birth-date information into registers are less likely to make mathematical errors and illegally sell to youth.”
According to the Washington Healthy Youth Survey, 33 percent of Kittitas County high school seniors reported using an electronic cigarette within the past 30 days. According to the release, that usage rate is higher than the state average of 23 percent. The health department is researching other areas of concern with electronic cigarettes and vaping in the county.
The release also hinted at the next step, to conduct an assessment of local businesses to determine whether the use of electronic cigarettes in public places has become an issue for establishments like bars and restaurants.