San Francisco weighing first-of-its-kind ban on e-cigarettes
The California city already prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco and flavored vaping liquid.
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids. An official on Tuesday proposed what’s thought to be the first U.S. ban on their sale until the federal government regulates vaping products.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said San Francisco, Chicago and New York sent a joint letter demanding that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluate the effect of e-cigarettes on public health.
Herrera said the review should have been completed before e-cigarettes entered the market. The FDA released proposed guidelines last week giving companies until 2021 to submit applications for the evaluation.
“The result is that millions of children are already addicted to e-cigarette, and millions more will follow if we don’t act,” he said Tuesday.
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive and can harm adolescent brains that are still developing. In the U.S., youth are more likely than adults to use e-cigarettes.