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San Francisco (AP) – San Francisco overseers are considering Tuesday whether to move the city to the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes
Supervisors will weigh the ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes in San Francisco until the US Food and Drug Administration finalizes the review of the effects of electronic cigarettes on
If the supervisory authorities approve the ban on on Tuesday, the measures will require a subsequent vote before they become law.
"Young people have almost indiscriminate access to a product that should not even be on the market," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. "As the FDA did not act, he said," he unfortunately falls into states and populated areas, "
E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among young people in the country since 2014. US Centers for Disease Control reported that the number of middle and upper secondary school students using tobacco products has increased by 36% from 2017 to 2018, this is due to the use of electronic cigarettes
The FDA spokesman Michael Fellburgbaum said the agency will continue to "deal with the worrying epidemic of the use of electronic cigarettes among children."
"This includes preventing access to the young people to, and appeals to flavored tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes and cigars, action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally trade or sell these products to minors and teach young people about the dangers of electric nni cigarettes and other tobacco products,
The leading electronic cigarette in San Francisco "Yuul" designs vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco. Yuoul says he has taken steps to deter children from using his products. The company said in a statement that it has made its online trial for age verification more reliable and excluded its Instagram and Facebook accounts to try to discourage those under the age of 21.
"But the prohibition of fake products for all adults in San Francisco will not deal effectively with the use of minors and leave shelf cigarettes as the only choice for older smokers, although they kill 40,000 Californians every year," said the spokesman Julie Ted Kohn says that older smokers deserve access to less dangerous alternatives
"Going after youth is a step you can take before removing them from the hands of adults," said Gregory Co President
Groups representing small businesses are also opposed to the measures they think may force shops to close
"We must apply the rules we already have," said Carlos Solorjano, CEO of the Spanish San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Although the San Francisco proposed ban is not similar to any other in the country, the Center for Public Health Law at Mitchell Hamlyn Law School reports that everyone, except for two states, has at least one law, k agent which restricts access of young people. of electronic cigarettes. Last year, city voters approved a ban on the sale of tobacco products with a taste of fruit and candy.
Stanton Glanz, a professor of medicine at the University of California Tobacco Control and Research Center, said the presence of electronic cigarettes "has completely changed the progress we have made in youth smoking over the past few years." The use of electronic cigarettes is also associated with heart attacks, strokes and lung diseases, he said.