San Francisco became the first US prime city for banning effectively the sale, as well as manufacturing of electronic cigarettes. The legislative body of the city unitedly approved an injunction which investors said was necessary due to the “significant public health consequences” of a “dramatic surge” in inhaling practice among youths.
The ordinance claims e-cigarette products sold in shops or online in San Francisco would require approval by federal health authorities, which none currently has. US health authorities are warned by the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, battery-empowered devices which enable users to gasp inhale nicotine liquids that are often fruit flavored.
The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes developed by 1.5 million in 2018, with about 3.6 million middle and high school students using inhaling products.
San Francisco is known for market-leading e-cigarette maker Jull. The mayor of the city London Breed has 10 days to sign the legislation, which she has said she will do.
Breed claimed in a statement, “ 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”.
She also added that e-cigarette companies were “ targeting our kids in their advertising and getting them hooked on addictive nicotine products.”
But critics say the legislation will make it tough for people requesting alternatives to regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes do not contain the cancer-causing products found in tobacco.
An editorial in the Los Angeles media remarked that regular cigarettes were still for sale in San Francisco, contending that “ it’s bad public health policy to come down harder on the lesser of two tobacco evils.”