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2005 Senate Bill 5048: Free tobacco samples
Introduced by Sen. Bob Oke (R) on January 12, 2005
To prohibit the distribution of free or low-cost tobacco-product samples. This bill outlaws the practice known as “sampling,” whereby tobacco distributors provide no-cost or low-cost tobacco products to people.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee on January 12, 2005
Testimony in support offered to the Senate Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee on January 20, 2005
By Senator Bob Oke; Vicki Kirkpatrick, Washington Association of Public Health Officials; Mary Selecky, Secretary, Department of Health; Mallory Lundquist, President, Teens Against Tobacco Use; Susan Speider, Teens Against Tobacco Use; Nick Federici, Lung Association. They testified that tobacco use is the number one killer of people. If people do not begin tobacco use in their youth, they are much less likely to begin tobacco use during their adult lives. Consequently, the less a youth is exposed to tobacco, the less likely it is that he, or she, will begin to use it at all. The state has seen a 25-fold increase in sampling events in the last eight years. Many of these occur on college campuses because the target population, for tobacco companies, is persons 18 to 24 years old. The tobacco industry knows that if it gets people to start smoking when they are young, that they will be a customer for a long time. There has been rampant disregard by the tobacco industry of the law that prohibits distribution to minors.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 21, 2005
Prohibiting distribution of free tobacco samples.
Received to the House on January 27, 2005
Referred to the House Health Care Committee on January 27, 2005
Referred to the House Finance Committee on February 24, 2005
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 7, 2005
Received in the Senate on January 9, 2006
Amendment offered by Sen. Bob Oke (R) on February 14, 2006
To incorporate amendatory language to RCW 70.155.090 that was added last session by SHB 1496. S AMD 141.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 14, 2006
To prohibit distribution of free tobacco samples.
Received in the House on February 15, 2006
Referred to the House Health Care Committee on February 15, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Armstrong, (R-Wenatchee) (R) on March 3, 2006
To limit tobacco sampling to 21-and-older locations. H AMD 1123.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2006
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Grant, (D-Walla Walla) (D) on March 3, 2006
To limit the prohibition to sampling cigarettes. H AMD 1124.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2006
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on March 9, 2006
To prohibit distribution of free tobacco samples.

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