San Francisco has become the first US city to ban e-cigarettes and vapes

Vapes, for a variety of reasons, have gained immense popularity in the past few years. Especially the youth seem to have taken on to them in a so-called move to evade the harm caused by actual hand-rolled cigarettes. However, standing in solidarity against their sale and use is the city of San Francisco that recently introduced a ban on all trades related to vapes and e-cigarettes.

The ordinance passed yesterday says “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has undergone premarket review by the US Food and Drug Administration. It was agreed upon on majority vote is set to take effect within 30 days with another six months required for its thorough implementation. Commenting on the move, Mayor London Breed’s in a statement said, “There is so much we don’t know about the health impacts of these products, but we do know that e-cigarette companies are targeting our kids in their advertising and getting them hooked on addictive nicotine products. We need to take action to protect the health of San Francisco’s youth and prevent the next generation of San Franciscans from becoming addicted to these products.”

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Though mostly welcome, the ordinance has also received some backlash, specially from vape manufacturers. Leading e-cig maker Juul Labs in a statement said, “this full prohibition will drive former adult smokers who successfully switched to vapor products back to deadly cigarettes, deny the opportunity to switch for current adult smokers, and create a thriving black market instead of addressing the actual causes of underage access and use.” What’s your take on the ban?

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