Thursday November 21, 2019

San Francisco Becomes First US City to Ban Sale of E-cigarettes

There is also the fact that the largest electronic cigarette manufacturer in the country, Juul Labs, is based in San Francisco

0
//
vaping
Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking.

San Francisco has become the first major city in the US to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, a measure that affects both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers.

The 11 members of the city and county’s board of supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted in favour of prohibiting the sale of this product, arguing that e-cigarettes have been gaining popularity among young people, which could pose a risk to their health, reported Efe news.

The glaring contradiction remains that the city – widely seen as one of the most progressive places in the country – has banned the sale of e-cigarettes but continues to sell traditional tobacco (considered to be more provenly harmful by experts) without problems, as well as marijuana, whose recreational use has been legal in the state of California state since last year.

In response to those who have pointed out this seeming contradiction, the measure’s defenders have repeatedly stressed that e-cigarettes are particularly attractive to teenagers.

Vallie Brown, a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors, said at the plenary session held to debate the legislation that for every adult who uses e-cigarettes as a means to help them quit smoking or reducing their doses of nicotine, dozens of children start using them.

Vaping, teeth,e-cigarette, cigarettes
In this Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, a customer exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites. VOA

The ordinance specifically states that “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, something that has not occurred so far, as researchers are still unsure about the health effects of these relatively-new devices.

The ordinance does not prohibit the consumption of these cigarettes (as long as the person is over 21 years old); only their sale, which has also been criticized by some people in the sector who argue that consumers will simply buy them in nearby cities such as Oakland or Berkeley instead.

Also Read: Micro-blogging Site Twitter Testing Ways to Improve ‘Lists’ Feature

There is also the fact that the largest electronic cigarette manufacturer in the country, Juul Labs, is based in San Francisco.

“The prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers,” the company said in a statement. (IANS)

Next Story

Home Ministry Orders States To Enforce Prohibition On E-cigarettes

The Home Ministry asks states to enforce ban on e-cigarette

0
E-cigarettes
The Home Ministry has asked the states to enforce a ban on e-cigarettes. Pixabay

The Home Ministry has written to the states for enforcement of prohibition on e-cigarettes done through an ordinance issued in September.

In a letter to Chief Secretaries and Director General of Police (DGP) of all states and Union Territories, the Home Ministry has asked to ensure enforcement of the ban and other provisions of the ordinance, considering the deleterious impact of e-cigarettes on public health, especially in respect of the young population going to schools and colleges.

“Further, congruent capacity building and sensitization of the enforcement personnel may be done for effective implementation of the ordinance”, the letter said.

Impact of e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have a negative impact on public heath. Pixabay

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance, 2019 was promulgated on September 18 for banning the production, sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes in the interest of public health.

Sections 4 and 5 of the ordinance provide for prohibition of e-cigarettes while sections 7 and 8 prescribe the punishment for contravention of the provisions.

Also Read- Here’s Why Your Grandmothers Dislike Wearing A Fitness Band

The ordinance empowers police officers of the rank of Sub-Inspector and above and other officers as stipulated, with powers to enter, search and seize the prohibited items, without warrant under Section 6. (IANS)