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San Francisco approves historic ban of e-cigarette sales, a first for a major US city

Aug 14, 2019
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San Francisco approves historic ban of e-cigarette sales, a first for a major US citySan Francisco approves historic ban of e-cigarette sales, a first for a major US city

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="San Francisco officials approved a&nbsp;ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, making it the first major U.S. city to pass such a restriction.” data-reactid=”12″>San Francisco officials approved a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, making it the first major U.S. city to pass such a restriction.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Supporters say the measure will help curb underage vaping, but opponents who argue it takes away an adult alternative to regular cigarettes&nbsp;are preparing to put the issue on the ballot.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”13″>Supporters say the measure will help curb underage vaping, but opponents who argue it takes away an adult alternative to regular cigarettes are preparing to put the issue on the ballot. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The ordinance will prevent&nbsp;residents from&nbsp;buying&nbsp;e-cigarettes in San Francisco stores or receiving&nbsp;online orders to addresses in the city until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration&nbsp;reviews the products.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”14″>The ordinance will prevent residents from buying e-cigarettes in San Francisco stores or receiving online orders to addresses in the city until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviews the products

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="More than 3.6 million middle and high school students nationally used&nbsp;e-cigarettes in the past month in 2018,&nbsp;according to the FDA, despite the federal government banning sales to those under 18.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”15″>More than 3.6 million middle and high school students nationally used e-cigarettes in the past month in 2018, according to the FDA, despite the federal government banning sales to those under 18. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="‘Sending a message’: San Francisco takes another step toward becoming first US city to ban e-cigarette sales” data-reactid=”16″>‘Sending a message’: San Francisco takes another step toward becoming first US city to ban e-cigarette sales

While the Board of Supervisors gave its final vote of approval Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported it will be effective seven months after the mayor signs it. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="San Francisco-based e-cigarette company Juul Labs, one of the measure's most vocal opponents since it was introduced in March, has contributed $50,000 to an effort to put a vaping initiative on the November ballot. The initiative would regulate but not ban e-cigarette sales.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”18″>San Francisco-based e-cigarette company Juul Labs, one of the measure’s most vocal opponents since it was introduced in March, has contributed $50,000 to an effort to put a vaping initiative on the November ballot. The initiative would regulate but not ban e-cigarette sales. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Juul Labs spokesperson Ted Kwong said the company has taken steps to deter youth from purchasing its products, including improving its online age verification process and stopping the retail store sale of&nbsp;non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored products. The company said it will continue to push for enforcement in the wake of the measure.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”19″>Juul Labs spokesperson Ted Kwong said the company has taken steps to deter youth from purchasing its products, including improving its online age verification process and stopping the retail store sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored products. The company said it will continue to push for enforcement in the wake of the measure. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Strategy: Why Big Tobacco and Juul are lobbying to raise the smoking age” data-reactid=”20″>Strategy: Why Big Tobacco and Juul are lobbying to raise the smoking age

“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,” Kwong said in a statement. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Doctors have warned that vaping can&nbsp;lead to smoking cigarettes&nbsp;and cite health risks to developing brains. Vaping product&nbsp;manufacturers have until 2021 to submit e-cigarettes for safety and health review for FDA approval.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”22″>Doctors have warned that vaping can lead to smoking cigarettes and cite health risks to developing brains. Vaping product manufacturers have until 2021 to submit e-cigarettes for safety and health review for FDA approval. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The United States Public Interest Research Group commended the San Francisco measure in a statement.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”23″>The United States Public Interest Research Group commended the San Francisco measure in a statement

“San Francisco’s lawmakers have done what the FDA should have done years ago: ensure that e-cigarettes undergo the appropriate health review before hitting the shelves,” campaign director Matt Wellington said. “With the rampant rise in e-cig use among our kids, it’s clear the agency made a bad call by letting e-cigarettes remain on the market. “

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Contributing: The Associated Press” data-reactid=”25″>Contributing: The Associated Press

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: San Francisco passes e-cigarette ban, a first for a major US city” data-reactid=”26″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: San Francisco passes e-cigarette ban, a first for a major US city

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