San Francisco is the first city to ban e-cigarette sales

CNET | 6/25/2019 | Corinne Reichert
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Selling vapes like Juul will be prohibited in San Francisco.

San Francisco has banned the sale of e-cigarettes like Juul, with the Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to approve the ordinance on Tuesday. It's the first city to implement such a ban.

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E-cigarettes are battery operated, converting flavored liquid nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. Juul, which is headquartered in San Francisco, has been making headlines after its popularity among teenagers forced it to shutter its social media presence late last year while the FDA investigated concerns that it was promoting the underage use of tobacco products.

"We spent the '90s battling Big Tobacco. And now we see its new form through e-cigarettes," Supervisor Shamann Walton said Tuesday afternoon, according to the San Francisco Examiner. "I am not going to put profits of Big Tobacco over the health of our children and our young people."

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The ordinance -- Health Code - Restricting the Sale, Manufacture, and Distribution of Tobacco Products, Including Electronic Cigarettes -- was introduced in Mar. 2019. It prohibits the sale of of e-cigarettes that require but have not received FDA approval for marketing.

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The ban will create a "black market" for vapes, a Juul Labs spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. Regulation rather than prohibition would be more effective, he said.

"This full prohibition will drive former adult smokers who successfully switched to vapor products back to deadly cigarettes," Ted Kwong, a Juul Labs spokesperson, told CNET in an emailed statement. "In San Francisco, we are supporting efforts going forward to enact new strict regulation and enforcement."

Regulations - ID - Age - Bulk - Purchasing

Regulations could include mandatory electronic ID scanning to verify age, restricting bulk purchasing to prevent third-party onselling of vapes, city permits for online vape retailers and marketing restrictions, Juul suggested.

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