San Francisco is becoming the first major US city to ban e-cigarettes after city councils voted unanimously in favor of the scheme on Tuesday. A final vote on the outcome of the action is expected next week.
San Francisco's Supervisory Board approved a regulation amending the health code to prohibit the sale, manufacture and distribution of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in urban properties. The measure specifically identified the use of electronic cigarettes that rinsed the devices for a "growing health epidemic of juvenile arms."
A San Francisco ordinance requires two readings and will have to deliver another poll next week before it can take effect. The regulators expressed concern about Tuesday's impact on small businesses and said they planned to set up a working group to help them if the measure passes according to NBC Bay Area .
A disease control and prevention study center from February stated that about 4.9 million middle and high school students vaporized in 2018, up from 3.6 million the year before. CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said when the study released, the country should help keep children safe from a preventable health risk. "The soaring growth of young people's e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase the progress made in reducing youth tobacco use," Redfield said. "It puts a new generation at risk of nicotine dependence."
San Francisco's proposed ordinance extends a measure from 2014 prohibiting the sale of such devices where the sale of traditional tobacco products is already banned.
The San Francisco E-cigarette company, Juul, hits the framework as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco. Juul has said that it has taken steps to deter children from using their products. has made its online age verification process more robust and closes its Instagram and Facebook accounts in an attempt to counteract the vaping of those under 21 years of age.
"But the ban on steam Products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address minors use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even if they kill 40,000 Californians every year," says Juul spokesman Ted Kwong.
San Francisco also measures the stage for a campaign in November on e-cigarettes. Juul has already contributed $ 500,000 to the Coalition for the Reasonable Vaping Regulation to collect signatures to initiate the issue before the electorate.
The US Weapons Association is also opposed to San Francisco's proposal and says that adult smokers deserve access to less dangerous alternatives.