Court Overturns Flavor Ban on E-Cigarettes and Tobacco in Oregon's Washington County.

Court Overturns Flavor Ban on E-Cigarettes and Tobacco in Oregon's Washington County.
Washington County's ban on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco has been overturned by a judge as it exceeded county authority.

A judge has rejected the flavored e-cigarette and tobacco ban in Washington County, Oregon. The judge stated that the county does not have the authority to issue such measures and that they must come from the state legislature.

Source: Sang Hyun Cho

On Monday, circuit judge Andrew Erwin issued a ruling stating that while counties can regulate the sale of flavored tobacco products, they cannot outright ban those products. This effectively ends the ban that was passed by the county commission in November 2021. The ban aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products and flavored synthetic nicotine, as well as prohibit price promotions, coupons, and discounts.

The county, in a written statement released on Wednesday, declared that it disagrees with the court's ruling and is considering options to appeal. Washington County, located west of Portland, has a population of approximately 600,000 people.

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