San Francisco is now the first United States city to outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes until the health impacts are more apparent. Yesterday officials barred stores from selling vaporizers and also prohibited online merchants from delivering to any homes or addresses in the area.
Juul Labs is headquartered in San Francisco. It was founded four years ago and is currently one of the most well-known electronic cigarette makers in the United States. Juul believes that this ban will lead smokers to move back to regular cigarettes as well as create a black market for e-cigarettes.
London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco, has 10 days to sign the legislation, but she has already suggested that she would do so. The law would be implemented seven months after the date of the signing.
Those against the vaping industry say that companies specifically aim their products at young people by offering flavoured merchandise. Critics advise that more scientific research needs to be done to uncover the potential health risks. They also say that vaping attracts young people to try regular cigarettes.
The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the amount of U.S teens who declared their use of nicotine products increased by 36 percent last year, a rise that the CDC believes is due to the growing use of e-cigarettes.
Juul stated that it encouraged the reduction of vaping among the youth but only in concurrence with tighter policies on regular cigarette access.
The ban may cause more harm than good
Ted Kwong, a spokesman for Juul, 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. We have already taken the most aggressive actions in the industry to keep our products out of the hands of those underage and are taking steps to do more.”