San Francisco becomes first city to ban E-cigs
The vaping epidemic among teens is raising concerns about nicotine addiction.
The city of San Francisco is doing something about it by banning sales all together.
Tuesday it became the first city to do so, when the final vote passed.
The ordinance says, “No person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco.”
This includes brick-and mortar and online sales shipped to San Francisco.
The only exception is if the Food and Drug Administration approves the e-cigarette product, then it can be sold.
Mayor London Breed will have to sign the ordinance to make it legal.
Once signed–the change will take place in 30 days and be fully implemented in six months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.
The number of middle and high school students who have used tobacco products increased by 36 percent from 2017 to 2018, a rise attributed to the use of E-cigarettes.