Want to smoke e-cigarettes? It just got harder to in San Francisco.
Are smokers being driven back to cigarettes by anti-vaping laws? Or does the free sale of vaping products ultimately lead to more people smoking cigarettes? The city of San Francisco may be about to find out.
The home of Juul Labs, which controls nearly 70% of the US vaping market, San Francisco will become the first US city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes following a vote by city officials on June 25th. The new legislation, which is scheduled to take effect early next year, makes it illegal for stores to sell the vaporizers and makes it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city.
Will the Move Work?
Although critics of the move say that banning vape products will drive smokers back to cigarettes, anti-vaping activists believe that the new law will help curb e-cigarette use among high school students, which rose from 11.7% of students in 2017 to 20.8% of students in 2018.
In addition, vaping critics claim that more scientific evaluations of vape products are necessary—something the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees with. Companies like Juul have until 2021 to submit their products for FDA review, a crucial step that may ultimately determine the future of vaping in the US.
Will other California cities join San Francisco in banning e-cigarettes? Stay tuned.