San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to ban the sale and usage of e-cigarettes in an effort to combat the “epidemic of youth vaping”
Although the law doesn’t directly ban the sale of e-cigarettes, it does mandate that any product being sold must be evaluated by the FDA first, and no e-cigarette manufacturers have gone through such a process. That process of evaluation is known as premarket review. Although the bill is a ban on all untested products, the ban has at its focus the ban of e-cigarettes specifically to attempt to curb the growing usage of e-cigarettes among teenagers. ~
According to a joint study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA, high-school and middle-school students’ use of nicotine products significantly increased between the years of 2017 and 2018 primarily due to the rise in e-cigarette usage. The study also highlights that e-cigarettes were the highest used nicotine product with an estimated 3.6 million middle-school and high-school students having used an e-cigarette. ~
Supporters of the ban claim that the city will be protecting teens from the usage of e-cigarettes and other untested products where the federal government has not. In contrast, opponents claim that the e-cigarette ban leaves nicotine addicts with only cigarettes as a practical option to satisfy their addiction, as e-cigarettes have been known as a popular remedy to ending the life-threatening habit of smoking cigarettes. ~
The blanket ban on e-cigarettes will now make its way to San Francisco mayor London Breed’s desk to be evaluated and signed. The ban would take place approximately seven months after being signed by mayor Breed. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ban would be in effect until such products are reviewed and evaluated by the FDA. The FDA has given e-cigarette companies, including Juul Labs Inc., until 2022 to submit their products for a health review. ~
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