The SBOH Board Meetings provide a public forum for engagement with the State public health system.
The Washington State Board of Health has filed a CR-102, Proposed Rule for Chapter 246-80 WAC – Prohibition of Vitamin E Acetate (document attached). The Board is proposing to permanently adopt a rule prohibiting the sale of vapor products containing vitamin E acetate.
The Board has the authority under RCW 43.20.050(2)(f) to adopt rules for the prevention and control of infectious and noninfectious diseases. In order to respond to Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Order 19-03, Addressing the Vaping Use Public Health Crisis, the Board adopted an initial emergency rulemaking order to prohibit the inclusion of vitamin E acetate in vapor products and created WAC 246-80-021, a new section, at their meeting on November 18, 2019. It was in effect for 120 days. The Board subsequently adopted a second emergency rule to ban vitamin E acetate at their meeting in March 2020 and a third emergency rule at their meeting in June 2020. Data regarding lung injury have been updated, while the regulatory requirements in the new emergency rule mirror the first emergency rule. The third emergency rule is effective for 120 days. It was effective starting July 17 and will expire on November 14.SBOH Announcement Email (Aug 25, 2020)