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October 21, 2019

King County Medical Society and Washington State Medical Association Endorse Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Seattle, Wash. - The members of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) House of Delegates have voted overwhelmingly to adopt a proposal from King County Medical Society advocating for a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in Washington state. The vote took place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 at the WSMA's annual meeting held in SeaTac.

In September, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order asking the state board of health to impose an emergency temporary ban on flavored vaping products. The board of health unanimously approved the executive order, which institutes the temporary ban on the products through Feb. 7, 2020. The health board's decision to temporarily ban flavored vape products is similar to recent moves made in Michigan and New York. The King County Medical Society resolution adopted by the WSMA went further and called for a permanent ban of all flavored e-cigarette products.

Through adoption of the resolution, the WSMA joins the King County Medical Society, The American Lung Association, The American College of Physicians, and dozens of leading health experts who have announced their endorsement of such a ban. Supporters include hospitals, physicians, medical experts, patients, and health care professionals in addition to bipartisan legislators.

Newly voted into the WSMA's board of trustees, King County Medical Society President and author of the resolution Teresa Girolami, MD, clearly stated that, "I am proud of the work we are doing, and that the resolution for a permanent ban was passed unanimously and adopted by the WSMA. We look forward to the WSMA's AMA representatives presenting the resolution to the entire national AMA delegation very soon. KCMS is very proud to have authored this timely and important resolution that will protect our youth."

"The rise in vaping seen in Washington's kids and in kids across the nation should have everyone alarmed—not just physicians," said Bill Hirota, MD, WSMA's newly elected president. "Vaping induced injuries and deaths are increasingly being reported and represent a significant public health concern. We stand with our colleagues at King County Medical Society and across health care who are united in this fight to protect our kids and patients from harm."

For more information, contact:

Graham Short
WSMA Associate Director of Communications
206.956.3633 
gfs@wsma.org

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