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June 29, 2016

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Washington State Legislature Reviews New Vape Law!

Pink Lung Brigade Officers Present To Commerce & Gaming Committee

The 2017 Legislative session got started a little early this Wednesday June 28th.  The WA State Commerce & Gaming Committee invited government officials and industry stakeholders to speak about the upcoming vapor products law.  The committee was addressed by representatives from American Cancer Society, the Dept. of Health, the LCB, Governor’s office, and Pink Lung Brigade.

The focus steered towards youth usage and prevention, while addressing some measures for signage, licensure, and enforcement.  PLB’s President Kim Thompson expressed concerns regarding County interference with vape retail shops, while Vice President Marc Jarrett targeted the FDA’s recent deeming rules and how they’ll affect manufacturing.  Special guest and vaping advocate Jeff Stier end capped PLB’s presentation with common sense analogies from an experienced and global perspective.  All presenters acknowledged the FDA’s deeming rules with regard to their organization’s position on vapor products.  A special ask to legislators was made by PLB to support the Cole-Bishop amendment, H.R. 2058 by contacting our state congressional lawmakers.

The most notable items for Washington State vape industry owners are that applications for vape licensing will be available August 1st 2016, while LCB enforcement of licensing provisions will begin in October of 2016.  Overall, there was positive reception for all presenters, and a tone of cooperation and compromise was a dominant theme.  

PLB will continue its work in the interim to obtain clarity on state licensure and enforcement, as well as, monitoring our counties and their attempts to circumvent preemption.  Additionally, we will continue assisting our national advocates by lobbying support for Cole-Bishop and H.R. 2058 with Washington State’s Congressional leaders.  

 PLB's presentation begins at 43:00

 

June 06, 2016

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PLB Adds New Board Members

Your Washington State Vape Association just got better. We are pleased to present to you the 2016 Board of Directors and Officers. 

2016 PLB Board of Directors:

Dave Levin  (Obsidian Vape, Pierce County)

Jamie Newell  (Cloud 509, Kittitas County)

Carrie Bertrand  (The Vape Spot, Yakima County)

Travis Bain  (Artist Liquid, Snohomish County)

Jerry Dunbar  (Source Code, Pierce County)

Kim Thompson  (The Vaporium, Pierce County)

Marc Jarrett  (Banzai Vapors, Pierce County)

2016 PLB Officers:

President: Kim Thompson  (The Vaporium, Pierce County)

Vice President: Marc Jarrett  (Banzai Vapors, Pierce County)

Secretary: Dave Levin  (Obsidian Vape, Pierce County)

Treasurer: Trevor Taylor  (Cloud Alchemist, King County)

Our community has come a long way baby, and it is just getting stronger. We look forward to future growth and the strength that comes in numbers. We were pleased to have received such an outpouring of interested applicants.

 

April 19, 2016

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Breaking News! Washington State Passes Vape Bill SB-6328 Into Law.

Congratulations Washington State vape community, the Child Safety First Bill was born into law today. During the 2015 - 2016, Washington State Legislature sessions, 3701 bills were introduced; less than 400 of them passed. We should all be proud parents as it takes a village to raise a bill to become a law. Now, we must continue to parent this industry.

This is what we can expect:

  • Statewide Uniformity on rules that regulate Washington State’s vapor industry.
  • Mandates child-resistant caps for e-liquid.
  • Guarantees labeling that indicates general contents and nicotine levels.
  • Helps safeguard youth prevention by outlawing vending machines in Washington State.
  • Adds protection from youth access from vapor products through online sales.
  • Solidifies penalties and fines for selling or giving a minor a vapor product.  
  • Bans vaping from all public places where minors may be present.
  • Creates a licensure and enforcement policy to help ensure compliance in youth prevention.  
  • Implements a separate vape chapter; this is a significant step in decoupling vape and tobacco, not only in law but also in how vapor products are seen.

2016 is not only Washington’s Year of Vape it is also an election year. Although vapor products are no longer considered to be tobacco products under the eyes of Washington State law, Pink Lung Brigade, its members, and supporters will continue the movement by educating our community. We have a unique opportunity to educate our incumbent legislators and new candidates alike.  

In the days to come we will highlight the Washington State law makers & legislators who were instrumental in seeing this common sense law come to pass.

Please stay supportive, engaged, and tuned in to notifications for meetings, rallies, fundraisers, and calls-to-action throughout the rest of the year leading up to a new legislative session. 

For a more detailed review of the law for vapor products in WA State click here! 

March 30, 2016

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Legislative Update: WA State Legislature Passes Vapor Products Bill, Needs Governor's Signature!

With the most incredible bipartisan support, SB-6328 passed the Senate with a vote of 37 yeas, 6 nays and passed the House with 74 yeas, 20 nays. Now the bill moves to Governor Inslee's desk and awaits signature for official passage into law.

If signed into law, SB-6328 will focus on youth prevention, best business practices, and statewide uniformity. Stay tuned to Pink Lung Brigade as we closely monitor the bill through signing and will ultimately break down the particulars of the bill once it becomes law.

For more information about SB-6328, please click here!

March 01, 2016

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Know A County: Kitsap Public Health Board Public Comment Workshop

Kitsap Public Health Board seeks input on proposed vapor products ordinance.

The Kitsap Public Health Board (KPHB) is seeking public comment on proposed rules
that would prohibit vaping in public places and places of employment,
prohibit access to or possession of vaping products by youth, restrict how
retailers provide sampling, and require retailers to obtain permits to sell
vapor products in Kitsap County. 

The Kitsap Public Health Board will be hosting three public comment workshops throughout the month of March.

Bremerton: Thursday, March 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
Norm Dicks Government Center Chambers
345 6th St.
Bremerton, WA 98337
Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/878196178959646/

Port Orchard: Monday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Port Orchard City Hall Chambers
216 Prospect St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572349179750395/

Poulsbo: Tuesday, March 29, 6-7:30 p.m.
Poulsbo City Hall Chambers
200 Moe St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1574719326180865/

This is your chance to be heard on the proposed vaping regulations for Kitsap County before the ordinance goes to a formal public hearing and then a vote by the Health Board. Be prepared to share your personal story, as well as, why being able to vape in an adult-only vape shop was critical to your success in converting to a smoke-free alternative. Please encourage friends, family and loved ones to come with you and share their stories as well.

Please limit vaping at or on the KPHB and government property before, during and after the workshops. Always remember that we are making friends and educating people.

Updates will be posted on the Kitsap Public Health District Vaping page and distributed via the Kitsap Electronic Notification System (KENS) list.

For more information on the Kitsap Public Health Board Ordinance, click here.

 

February 18, 2016

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Washington Legislator Vape Debate!

Washington State Representative Dick Muri of the 28th District VS. Gerry Pollet of the 46th District square off for a debate on vapor product regulations!

 

 

For the audio version click here. The debate starts at 00:38:15

“Inside Olympia” is hosted by Austin Jenkins.

February 12, 2016

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EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION! CALL THE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE!


DROP WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND CALL THE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE!

CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES AND OPPOSE HB-1645!

Click here to find your District Representatives!

LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: 1 (800) 562-6000

The House Legislature is attempting to revive HB-1645 which TAKES AWAY VAPER RIGHTS!

THEY ARE VOTING TODAY SO PLEASE CALL NOW!

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