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San Francisco bans e-cigarettes until the health impacts are better known

epa07673754 (FILE) - A person smokes an electronic cigarette in Nice, France, 05 March 2013 (reissued 26 June 2019). San Francisco became the first US city to ban electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) sales until their health effects are clearer. The city's board of supervisors on 25 June 2019 unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance saying that 'No person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco.' The ban on sale and distribution will start in early 2020, and remain in place until US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, media reported. EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER *** Local Caption *** 50737993

The ban on sale and distribution will start in early 2020 (Picture: EPA)

San Francisco has banned the sale of e-cigarettes, becoming the first major city in the US to do so.

Officials voted yesterday to ban shops from selling them and online vendors from delivering them.

The biggest e-cigarette maker in the US, Juul, is based in the city and has been at the centre of the debate.

As its sales soared over the last two years, so did its popularity among teenagers.

Supporters of the ban say it will stop underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder for adults to quit regular cigarettes.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who spearheaded the law earlier this year, said it was necessary because of what he called an abdication of responsibility in regulating e-cigarettes.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 25: E-Cigarette vaporizer components and products are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on June 25, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, 11-0, to be the first city in the United States to ban e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

E-Cigarette vaporiser components and products on sale in San Francisco, California (Picture: Getty)

E-cigarettes have existed in a regulatory gray area for years.

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This lack of clarity is causing tremendous confusion at the same time that a whole new generation of young people are getting addicted to nicotine, Herrera said.

The explosion in youth use and the health risks to young people are undeniable.

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, who sponsored the law, said he hasRead More – Source

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