San Francisco has become the first city in the US to ban e-cigarette sales. According to a statement released by officials on Tuesday, a ban was imposed on the sale of vaporizers and it was illegal for online retailers to deliver e-cigarettes to customers in the city. The new development was announced as a result of the unclarity of health effects through e-cigarettes.
As per a statement released by a spokesperson for Juul Labs, the ban would result in creating a ‘thriving black market’, owning to more smokers resorting to the habit of regular cigarettes. San Francisco is also headquarters for the e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs.
Reports suggest that the law would commence seven months after the legislation is signed off by San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed. The mayor has ten days to sign and it is speculated that she would sign.
Moreover, San Francisco’s City Attorney who has initially campaigned for the ban has lauded the legal development. In a statement by attorney Dennis Herrera, he said the ban had to be observed because of “abdication of responsibility” in regulating the act of e-cigarettes imposed by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Previously, the FDA had issued guidelines to companies, in order to evaluate their e-cigarette products.
A statement by Juul spokesperson, Ted Kwong 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.”
Previous reports by Juul stated that it supported the curb in vaping among the youth, but that was only in connection with measures to prohibit them from resorting to regular cigarettes.