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Why San Francisco Is Banning E-Cigarettes

According to numerous sources, supervisors from San Francisco are considering a ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes, which, if passed, would be the first of its kind in any city or state in the United States.

The goal, per reports, is to decrease the numbers of the youth using e-cigarettes, at least until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is able to complete a report that reviews the negative effects of using them. While this proposed measure is very encompassing and takes into account public health, the other measure is much more specific in its goal: forbid the manufacture of e-cigarettes within city property. This can directly affect e-cigarette manufacturers, especially those that are based in the U.S. Juul for example, which is a leading e-cigarette maker, is based in San Francisco.

However, if these measures are approved by the supervisors of the city, they would still require a second vote and pass that as well to become law.

"Young people have almost indiscriminate access to a product that shouldn't even be on the market," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera . He then added that due to inaction on the FDA’s part, the responsibility has now fallen to states and localities to step into the breach and make sure everything is still in control.

The rise of e-cigarettes

In the past few years, e-cigarettes have steadily risen into popularity, becoming big enough to actually compete against real cigarettes. In fact, it’s become the most widely used smoking product among young people residing in the U.S. since 2014, with even a survey from the federal government revealing that last year, one out of every five high school students uses a vape.

The initial appeal is that because they’re not real cigarettes, they’re not as harmful or as dangerous. However, according to Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control and Research , these e-cigarettes are associated with  heart attacks, strokes and  lung disease.

Glantz is also a supporter of the proposed e-cigarette measures for San Francisco.

vape The medical community continues to conduct studies to understand how e-cigars or vaping could affect the body. Pixabay