Vaping bans, taxes cause local vape shops to shutter their doors
TRI-CITIES, Wash. — A temporary ban on vapor products containing vitamin E acetate went into effect on Wednesday in Washington state, in addition to a previous ban and added tax for vape shops.
The Washington State Board of Health announced the ban on Monday – an extension of a previous ban currently in place on flavored vape products.
The updated ban comes based on the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s findings connecting vitamin E acetate and vaping-associated lung injury. Vitamin E acetate is sometimes used as an additive in vapor products and used as a thickening agent.
In addition to the ban, a new tax on the sale of all vaping solutions was approved earlier this year and went into effect Oct. 1.
The recent bans, along with the new tax on vapor products, has caused vape shops around the state to scramble. In Tri-Cities, at least three shops closed their doors within the last couple months.
In Kennewick, Dr.GoodVape and Tri-City Vaperz have closed.