Muckleshoot Tribe bans fruit-flavored vaping products, restricts vaping and tobacco sales to people 21 and up

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:49pm
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Much has been said lately about vaping’s link to dire health problems, hospitalizations, even deaths.

Especially troubling to the Muckleshoot Tribal Council has been the charm that flavored vaping products exercise on young people.

So concerned has the council been that weeks ago it pulled all flavored vaping products from its Smoke Shop shelves.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the tribal council banned the sale of flavored vaping products and restricted the sale of tobacco and all other vaping products to anyone who is less than 21 years old.

Jaison Elkins, chair of the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, told Gov. Jay Inslee about it in a letter that day.

“The tribe has taken this important step even though exempt from the Board of Health emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products and the state law banning the sale of tobacco products to youth under the age of 21 because of the serious health concerns associated with nicotine products and the appeal of flavored vaping products to youth,” Elkins wrote.

Elkins added that the tribe supports Inslee’s efforts to reduce youth access to addictive and harmful tobacco products and to ban the sale of flavored vaping products.

“We are pleased to join you in those important efforts. Together we can make a positive difference for the health and well being of our youth,” Elkins wrote.

On Monday evening, Nov. 4, the Auburn City Council passed a total ban on smoking and vaping in all city parks.

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