Concerned over e-cigarettes’ health risk to residents, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to become the first major United States city to ban the sale of the products. The prohibition applies to both in-store sales and delivery of e-cigarettes to city addresses. It will take effect at the beginning of next year.
The ban, which follows voters’ decision last year to prohibit sales of fruit- and dessert-flavored tobacco products, is not meant to be permanent, but rather to put restrictions on the vape pens while they are being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. One caveat — the federal agency’s findings are not due to come out until 2022.
Supervisors are underplussed by any economic duress this may put on e-cig companies.
“Companies like Juul have had three years to submit their product and marketing to the FDA,” says Supervisor Shamann Walton, who co-sponsored the regulation. “The question is, why haven’t they? And the answer is because they want to protect their profits to continue targeting and harming our young people and they know nicotine is not healthy.”
Ironically, the company that makes popular Juul e-cigs (“the hottest name in addiction technology,” according to a