Engrossed House Bill 1074 went into effect January 1, 2020, it is now illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21.
Why did Washington pursue this change?
Raising the age of sale for tobacco and vapor products to 21 will reduce the number of youth who develop a lifelong addiction to nicotine. Including Washington State, tobacco and vapor 21 is currently the law – or is due to go into effect – in 18 states as well as D.C. and Guam.
Washington state is experiencing a vaping epidemic among youth. In 2018, about one in five 10th graders and one in three 12th graders reported using vapor products (Healthy Youth Survey).
Adolescent years are times of important brain development. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain. E-Cigs and Young Adults - Know the Risks