San Francisco Becomes 1st U.S. City to Ban E-Cigarettes

June 26, 2019

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On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. "You have this device loaded with nicotine and chemicals that’s drawing people to addiction, Board of Supervisors member Shamann Walton told The New York Times. "We need to keep it out of the hands of young people.” Under the new law, which will go into effect 30 days after it's signed by the mayor, merchants will be allowed six months to deplete their existing e-cigarette stocks. Traditional cigarettes and marijuana joints will remain legal to sell. “On the face of it, it’s ludicrous that we would ban e-cigarettes, but permit the sale of tobacco and cannabis,” said Dr. Steven A. Schroeder, a professor of health at the University of California, San Francisco. “It’s really smart politics, but dubious public health.”