No Smoking and Vaping Laws
The majority of Snohomish County residents do not smoke, yet the secondhand smoke from cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes contains the same dangerous chemicals as a person who smokes would inhale. Secondhand smoke from cigarettes contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and about 70 of which can cause cancer. Furthermore, e-cigarettes and vaping products release a cloud of chemicals that may be harmful, especially to our most vulnerable.
The Smoking in Public Places Law was passed in 2005, making Washington the 10th state in the country to implement a law that prohibits smoking in all public places and places of employment. The Snohomish Health District amended the state’s Smoking in Public Places law (Chapter 70.160 RCW) to add Chapter 13 of the Sanitary Code to make it clear that the law also applies to marijuana and hookah smoking as well as to cigarettes. However, neither of these laws address vaping or the use of vapor products in public.
Snohomish County became the 5th county in the state to pass a law prohibiting vaping in public places, which went into effect on December 10, 2015. Details of the new regulations can be found in Chapter 14 of the Sanitary Code.
Where are Smoking and Vaping Prohibited?
Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all public places and places of employment, including:
- Any portion of any building or vehicle used by or open to the public or employees
- Within 25 feet of all doorways, entryways, windows that open, and ventilation intakes in public places and workplaces
- 75% of sleeping quarters in all hotels and motels
- Membership-only clubs that have employees and/or allow guests onto the premises
- Break rooms, parking garages and covered entryways
Limited Exceptions to the Law
Tribal nations are exempt from the laws, but non-tribal businesses on reservation land are required to comply.
Retail outlets with valid permits to sell vapor products only may allow limited sampling per Section 14.7 of the code. Please visit the Vaping & Vapor Products page for more details.
What Must Businesses Do to Prohibit Smoking or Vaping in Public?
To help you become familiar with the laws, and your responsibilities, we have created a brochure with tips and highlights.
Owners or lessees of all businesses and workplaces are required to post signs prohibiting smoking and vaping. Signage must be noticeable at all building entrances and in prominent locations throughout the building. We will have updated "No Smoking, No Vaping" window stickers available at our Everett and Lynnwood office locations. Please call (425) 339-5250 for hours of availability.
Free signs area also available for download below, or you can contact Main Media in Everett at 425.353.5547 to purchase metal signs for building exteriors or posts.
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Report a Violation of the No Smoking or Vaping Laws
The Snohomish Health District is responsible for enforcing no smoking and vaping laws in Snohomish County, with the support of law enforcement and local jurisdictions. Report any violation by downloading and filling out the violation form (PDF). The completed form should be returned to the Snohomish Health District in one of the following ways:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to 425.339.5254
- Mail to:
Snohomish Health District
Environmental Health Division
3020 Rucker Avenue, Suite 104
Everett, WA 98201-3900
Tobacco-free places in Snohomish County
Several businesses and institutions in Snohomish County have committed to healthy environments for workers and students by prohibiting smoking and/or vaping on company grounds or campus.
- The Boeing Company prohibits tobacco use on company property, a move that many other corporations have adopted in the interest of worker health and insurance savings.
- In 2011, Community Transit prohibited the use of all tobacco products at its two operating bases, 2,100 bus stops and shelters, 20 park and ride lots and transit centers.
- The Everett Community College adopted a tobacco-free and vape-free grounds policy in the fall of 2012. All tobacco products and vapor devices are prohibited, including use in any vehicle parked on college property.
- Marysville and Lynnwood parks went tobacco-free in 2013.