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Vaping Response

UPDATE October 17, 2019
The Oregon Court of Appeals has granted a temporary stay of Oregon Health Authority’s temporary rules banning flavored vaping products. More information will be forthcoming.

Executive Order 19-09

On Friday, October 4, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09. This Executive Order directs the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to adopt rules that temporarily ban the sale of all flavored vaping products for up to 180 days. The Executive Order establishes a work group to advise the Governor and state agencies on policy recommendations that the state and local governments can take to address vaping-associated lung injury.

The Executive Order applies to THC and non-THC vaping products, including nicotine.

To ensure that retailers of vaping products have the necessary information to understand EO 19-09, the temporary rules, and how to comply, OHA-PHD will conduct widespread educational outreach to all known tobacco and vaping product retailers in the state, in coordination with public health partners. In addition, unannounced undercover buy inspections (referred to as “secret shopper” inspections) will be conducted among a sample of known tobacco retailers statewide.


OHA conducted educational outreach training webinars the week of October 14. The webinar includes background information on the executive order, information about the flavored vaping product ban and guidance for conducting educational outreach visits and reporting results to OHA.

In addition, OHA has provided a script for educators and general guidance and protocol for the visits. The guidance and protocol document includes a question and answer section.

Watch the webinar

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