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This Is the First Major US City to Ban E-Cigarette Sales

San Francisco passes ban on sales
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2019 7:05 PM CDT
In this photo taken Feb. 1, 2018, the San Francisco skyline is seen at sunrise in this view from Sausalito, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – San Francisco became the first major US city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday, the AP reports. Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative to regular cigarettes. E-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which is based in San Francisco, says it is opposed to youth vaping. The company is working on a ballot initiative that would regulate but not ban e-cigarette sales.

San Francisco is a city that celebrates its marijuana culture, but it appears deeply opposed to other vices. Last year, voters approved a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and in 2016, a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. (Also coming to the entire state of California next month: background checks for all ammo purchases.)

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