San Francisco officials crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Citing a growing epidemic in youth tobacco use, some San Francisco officials are proposing a de facto ban on e-cigarette sales in the city.

City leaders said at a news conference on Tuesday that they want a major e-cigarette company based in San Francisco to move out of town.

The San Francisco city attorney says he’s trying to keep another generation of young people from becoming addicted to e-cigarettes.

Joined by New York City and Chicago, he sent a letter to the FDA calling on them to use their power to require a public health review on the products, which he says should have been done before they came on the market.

District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton is joining the fight by introducing legislation that would prohibit the popular vaping product from being sold in stores or shipped to San Francisco addresses until they are reviewed by the FDA.

They cited statistics saying last year 5-million kids nationwide reported using tobacco products.

The use of e-cigarettes increasing 78-percent among high school students and up 49% for middle school students.

Walton is introducing another piece of legislation that would prohibit e-cigarette companies like Juul, which is headquartered on Pier 70 from occupying city-owned property in the future.

In a statement, Juul Labs say they have taken aggressive action to curb young people from using their products, including stopping the sale of flavored products nationwide and support regulation keeping e-cigarettes out of kid’s hands.

“But this proposed legislation primary impact will be to limit adult smokers’ access to products that can help them switch away from combustible cigarettes. We encourage the City of San Francisco to severely restrict youth access but do so in a way that preserves the opportunity to eliminate combustible cigarettes. “

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