Vaping & e-cigarettes

On Oct. 10, 2019, the Washington State Board of Health approved an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vaping products for 120 days. The ban came in response to an executive order from Governor Jay Inslee restricting the sale of all flavored vaping products, including flavored nicotine and THC products.

Interim policy effective through 2020

Although the ban ended Feb. 7, 2020, the Washington State Legislature is considering a bill that would continue it. Therefore, our nicotine vaping interim policy will remain in effect until the state adopts the Federal Pharmaceutical Rules (anticipated in late 2020).

How to dispose of vapor products

These products must be disposed of under the dangerous waste regulations or interim policy

  • Do not put vaping products in the trash. 
  • Do not burn them.
  • Do not pour them down the drain.

Nicotine-containing vapor products

  • Dispose of these products under the dangerous waste regulations or interim policy. 
  • Most businesses hire a waste service provider to transport and dispose of dangerous waste.

Tetrohydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vapor products

  • Follow the interim policy guidance, which allows THC-containing vapor products to be classified as a non-dangerous waste.
  • Render these products unusable following acceptable marijuana waste disposal methods (WAC 314-55-097(4)). 

Vaping waste interim policy

Our interim policy applies to:

  • Vapor product vendors who are small quantity generators (SQGs).
  • Dangerous waste brokers.
  • Transporters.
  • Treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDs).

This policy is less stringent than the dangerous waste regulations, making it easier for retailers to dispose of their vaping products.


Dangerous waste service providers

Transporters and TSD facilities