By: Angela Garrity
Go Skagit is reporting that the county commissioners voted unanimously to ban smoking and vaping in public places in the Washington county this week. The new law goes into effect in 90 days.
Smoking and vaping will be prohibited within 25 feet of the door of any place of employment and at public gathering places where children congregate, such as parks and beaches, under the new ordinance.
Julie de Losada, division manager with Public Health’s Clinical Health Partnerships, advised that vape shops are not part of this ordinance. Washington state law permits licensed vape shops to let customers sample vape products with nicotine in them — and use their own devices. “The local ordinance does not supercede that”, Losada said.
This was a concern during a public hearing held two weeks prior to the vote, where testimony was considered by the owner of Galaxy Vapor, who has a location in Mount Vernon.
Commissioner Lisa Janicki said she saw the ordinance as “95 percent correct,” but she was concerned with limiting a business’ ability to decide if people could freely vape.
She said she ultimately decided to support the ordinance to protect the general public from possibly unforeseen effects.
“We’re gonna err on the side of caution,” she said.
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