The Washington State Nurses Association applauds Governor Inslee’s Executive Order to protect the health of the public following seven confirmed vaping-related illnesses in Washington state and 13 vaping-related deaths nationwide.

As nurses, we are bearing witness to the damaging and even deadly impact of vaping as these cases present in our state’s health care facilities. Today’s actions take aim at preventing illness and death, especially by banning flavored products that have been heavily targeted and consumed by youth.

Vaping products present a serious public health risk, and we commend the Governor for taking immediate action and a multi-pronged approach that includes consumer warnings, youth education, and the ability to immediately ban the source or cause of vaping-related lung injuries as soon as it is identified.

WSNA is proud to stand with Governor Inslee, Secretary Wiesman, and other state leaders as we continue to work toward healthier, safer communities.