In the United States, the supervisors of the city of San Francisco met last Tuesday to set up a worrying project: To become the first city in the country to ban all sales of e-cigarettes to prevent youth from vaping.
THE E-CIGARETTE, A " PRODUCT THAT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON THE MARKET«
The supervisory authorities unanimously approved the ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. They also approved the ban on making e-cigarettes on city land. The measures will require a subsequent vote before becoming an applicable law.
« We spent the 90 years fighting tobacco, and now we see its new form with the e-cigarette"Said the supervisor Shamann Walton.
Supervisors acknowledged that the legislation would not entirely prevent young people from vaping, but they hope that this decision is just the beginning.
« It's about thinking about the next generation of users and protecting overall health. You have to send a message to the rest of the state and to the country: follow our example"Said the supervisor Ahsha Safaí.
The city prosecutor, Dennis Herrera, said that young people have almost blind access to a product that should not even be on the market". " Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet completed its study to assess the e-cigarette's public health consequences " did he declare, " She did not approve or reject the e-cigarette and unfortunately it is up to states and localities to remedy the situation.".
THE PROHIBITION OF E-CIGARETTE FOR ADULTS WILL NOT RESOLVE!
Juul Labs, a leading e-cigarette company in San Francisco, sees vaping as a real alternative to conventional cigarettes. Juul Labs said he took steps to deter children to use his products. The company said in a statement that it has made its online age verification process more robust and closed its Instagram and Facebook accounts to try to discourage vapers under the age of 21.
« San Francisco ban on adult vape products will not effectively address the use of minors and will leave cigarettes as a unique choice for smokers, even if they kill 40 000 Californians every year", Said the spokesman Juul, Ted Kwong.
Tuesday's vote also paves the way for a battle for the November e-cigarette poll. Juul has already donated 500 000 dollars to the Coalition for Reasonable Regulation of the Vape, which has to gather signatures to present an initiative on the issue to voters.
The American Vaping Association also opposed the San Francisco proposal, saying that adult smokers deserve access to less dangerous alternatives. " Attacking the youth was a step to take before removing it from the hands of adults", Said the president of the association, Gregory Conley.
Groups representing small businesses have also opposed these measures, which could force stores to close. " We must apply the rules we already have in place" , said Carlos Solórzano, CEO of the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The supervisor Shamann Walton for its part, it would create a working group to support small businesses and address their concerns.