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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