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Emergency flavored vapor ban expires Feb. 8 

In October 2019, the State Board of Health passed emergency rules banning sales of flavored vapor products in Washington, followed by a vitamin E acetate emergency ban in November.

The emergency bans responded to Governor Jay Inslee’s issuance of Executive Order 19-03, “Addressing the Vaping Use Public Health Crisis.” The order was prompted by a national and state outbreak of vaping-associated lung injuries among people who reported using vapor products.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the national outbreak of vaping-associated lung injury has waned. The outbreak appears to be linked most closely to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vaping products. Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the outbreak and has been found in tests of products and the lungs of impacted patients.

The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning flavored vapor products remains in effect through Feb. 7. On Feb. 8, licensed vapor product retailers may legally sell flavored vapor products. The State Board of Health emergency rule temporarily banning vapor products with vitamin E acetate remains in effect until March 19, with the possibility of being extended.

The Washington State Legislature is now in session and is expected to consider a number of bills to enhance the regulation of vapor products, including Governor-requested legislation to ban vitamin E acetate and all flavorings, except tobacco flavoring, in non-THC vapor products.

The public and those who produce, process, distribute, and/or sell marijuana or nicotine vapor products are urged to follow the changes proposed during the state legislative session and to look for updates to rules and regulations governing these products.

Seeking volunteers for literary editorial board

Creative Colloquy was founded in February 2014 with the intention of fostering relationships built upon the mutual admiration of the written word and providing a platform to highlight literary talent in the South Sound. Creative Colloquy fosters the writing community in the South Sound through unique literary events and publications.

CC is seeking members to join its editorial board, alongside the managing editor. Responsibilities of the board include:

  • Reviewing pieces: Review of submissions on the Submittable, expected to be done twice a week. If an editor is unable to maintain this schedule or will be out of town for an extended period, notify managing editor or founder Jackie Casella. 
  • Editing: While the managing editor will perform basic copyediting for monthly submissions, assistance may be requested on edit-heavy pieces. Pieces may also be assigned for projects outside of CC’s monthly publication.
  • Monthly deadlines: Completion of all voting and edits for monthly submissions will be due by midnight on the last day of the month, so that the lineup may be finalized at the beginning of the month in which it will be published. 
  • Meetings: Attendance is expected at three meetings per annum – at the beginning of the year, mid-year (summer), and for anthology selections in the fall. These meetings will take place in the Tacoma area, with a date and time chosen to be the most convenient for the greatest number of editors.

Anthology-Specific Duties:

  • Will provide votes and reviews on regular schedule, but with special attention to deadlines.
  • Will take ownership of assigned submissions that have been approved for the anthology, providing basic copy-editing and communication with the author.

If you are interested in joining the Creative Colloquy team of authors and bibliophiles, submit a cover letter detailing any relevant credentials and expressing why you would be interested in joining the editorial board to Jackie.d.fender@gmail.com. 

Visit http://creativecolloquy.com to learn more about Creative Colloquy’s mission and organization. 

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