WA State Legislative Update: PLB Opposes HB-2144 & HB-2165

March 22, 2017

    PLB Testifies in Opposition to 95% & 60% Tax Proposals by Rep. Pollet & Rep Harris March 21st, 2017 Washington State House Representatives Gerry Pollet and Paul Harris introduced two tax bills in the House Finance Committee levied at the vaping industry.  HB-2144 & HB-2165 would tax vapor products at 95% and 60% respectively.  Rep. Paul Harris started by presenting HB-2165, which proposes a 60% tax on vapor products at the wholesale level.  Rep. Harris gave his intent to tax vapor products to plug a budget gap stemming from Harris' prior bill proposal HB-1054, that would raise the legal age limit on tobacco and vapor products to 21 years of age.   Rep. Cary Condotta made his doubts in...

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Washington State Legislature Reviews New Vape Law!

June 29, 2016

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...

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PLB Adds New Board Members

June 06, 2016

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...

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

April 19, 2016

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...

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