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The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

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Electronic drug delivery devices

Today’s topic: Electronic drug delivery devices

Action requested: Consider commenting on possible prohibition on the use of electronic drug delivery devices (EDDDs, AKA vapor devices, e-cigarettes, etc.) in public places throughout Snohomish County.

Background & Recommendations

EDDDs are devices that deliver nicotine or other drugs directly to the lungs in an aerosol that also contains other chemicals and heavy metals.  These devices are currently unregulated, except for a state prohibition on sales to minors.  Although these devices may prove useful to reduce harms to smokers (albeit sustaining nicotine addiction), the long-term effects of these devices on human health are unknown.  However, emerging science suggests the devices are not harmless.  Of particular public health concern are possible effects on vulnerable populations (e.g., pregnant women, children, and people with chronic heart or lung disease).

The Snohomish County Board of Health is seeking public comment as it considers incorporating use of these devices into the smoking in public places law. Comments may be submitted through July 31 online, via e-mail, or at a public listening session to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 in the Wilderness Auditorium at Everett Community College (2000 Tower St., Everett, WA).  For more information, see our web page at

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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.