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Washington is the 10th state to pass a Tobacco 21 policy statewide.

Washington currently has a below average rate of high school and an above average rate of adult smoking. However, there are still an estimated 104,000 children under the age of 18 that will eventually die prematurely due to smoking, with 2,500 children becoming daily smokers every year. The result is a $2.81 billion annual health care cost that is directly caused by smoking. Unfortunately, the state only spends only 6.5% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention, though it does have a tax of The state law also contains preemption language the prevents local governments from enacting stricter regulations regarding youth access to tobacco. This language would need to altered or removed for Tobacco 21 to gain local support through passage of local ordinances. Localities can still be involved in the process by testifying in support and petitioning your City Council or County Commissioners to sign resolutions in support of the statewide effort. For more information you may contact:

Recent Updates

  • 4/2019 – Washington becomes the 10th state to adopt a statewide Tobacco 21 policy (effective January 1, 2020).

  • 1/2019House Bill 1074 filed in the House of Representatives in January, 2019.

  • 3/24/2017House Bill 1054 scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Finance

  • 2/3/2017House Bill 1054 passed out of House Health Care & Wellness Committee, referred to House Finance Committee

  • 1/23/2017Senate Bill 5025 referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor, & Sports

  • 1/19/2017Senate Bill 5025 passed out of Senate Committee on Health Care

  • 1/12/2017 – Attorney General and over 30 co-sponsors introduce House Bill 1054, the bill has been referred to the House Health Care & Wellness Committee

  • 1/12/2017 – Attorney General and 13 co-sponsors introduce Senate Bill 5025, the bill has been referred to the Senate Health Care Committee

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Other Helpful Resources:

Washington T21 Campaign

This webpage can help you get involved in Washington's effort to raise the age by educating yourself on the tolls of smoking in Washington, sending letters to your legislators, and keeping up on recent news.

Tobacco Free Kids Washington

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.

American Lung Association State Report Card

The ALA ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels, and assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2014.

SLATI State Information Washington

SLATI (State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues) is an extensively researched and invaluable source of information on tobacco control laws and policy, and is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws.


The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation and the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids support these four principles for Tobacco 21 ordinances:

  1. Include all tobacco and nicotine products, specifically e-cigarettes. The only exceptions would be FDA recognized nicotine replacement products (gum, patch, etc.) intended for cessation.
  2. Include significant enforcement provisions against illegal sales as research shows that consistent enforcement is of critical importance.
  3. Not include any pre-emption against local authority in more stringent regulation of tobacco or other nicotine product sales, secondhand smoke, or e-cigarette vapor.
  4. Ideally not include possession, usage, or purchase (PUP) penalties that result in criminal records, and instead place the onus on the purveyors of these addictive products.

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