By Associated Press and Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:02 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 21:03 BST, 1 October 2019
Washington will become the fourth state to ban flavored vaping products amid the slew of mysterious lung illnesses that have sickened hundreds across the country.
Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order on Friday asking the state's Board of Health to issue the emergency rule at its next meeting, scheduled for October 9.
The ban, slated to last four months, will apply to products containing nicotine as well as THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
It will not apply at tribal shops, but the governor's office said the administration is reaching out to tribal governments for their cooperation.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order on Friday asking the state's Board of Health to issue the temporary four-month ban at its next meeting, which is scheduled for October 9. Pictured: Flavored vaping solutions at a vape and smoke shop in New York
Public health officials have long been alarmed about sharp increases in youth vaping and Washington is no exception.
The percentage of Washington high school seniors who reported vaping jumped from 20 percent in 2016 to 30 percent in 2018.
Health experts say exposure to nicotine at a young age increases the likelihood of long-term addiction and other problems such as lung disease.
'We need to act for the public health of our people,'