E Cigarettes

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Washington state’s Smoking in Public Places Law (RCW 70.160) defines smoking as “carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted smoking equipment”. This does not describe the use of e-cigarettes. As a result, they are not restricted by state law. Any restaurant can, however, ban their use as a private policy.

While there is no statewide ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places, Grant, King and Pierce counties, and the City of Pasco do ban their use in public places, including restaurants.

For more details on the local regulations, see:

Rev. 12/16/14


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