The impending ban on the sale of e-cigarettes in San Francisco will remain in effect as voters categorically reject Tuesday a ballot measure that would overturn the ban approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.
Proposition C is lost from 4-1. The measure would allow the sale of vaping devices and nicotine cartridges with some new restrictions. This would limit the number of vaping products a person could buy to two devices and five packs of cartridges per transaction in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as two devices and 60 ml of nicotine fluid each month online.
The measure would also require online sellers apply for a permit similar to what brick and mortar stores should do.
The regulations would take the place of the direct ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, which supervisors approved to combat the increase in teen vaping. The legislation, which is due to come into force in January, has halted the sale of e-cigarettes that have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration ̵
Prop. The C – called the Law on the Prevention of Youth Use of Vapor Products – was the most important element of this choice from the beginning. It is sponsored by the San Francisco-based Jupp Vaping Company in an attempt to repeal an ordinance that prohibits the company from selling its products in its hometown.
Juul Spends Nearly $ 19 Million To Promote Prop. C through the Reasonable Vaping Coalition – Campaign Committee – before abruptly withdrawing its financial backing in late September amid scrutiny by regulators and lawmakers criticizing the company's marketing tactics toward young people.
A recent set of pulmonary diseases and vaping-related deaths, although predominantly related to illicit THC products, has also struck the public perception of vaping.
Prop. C attracted a response from community health groups, parents and local and national officials. The biggest contributor to the No C campaign was billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who invested $ 7.1 million to beat the measure as part of his $ 160 million campaign to reduce youth, vaping all over the country.
City Attorney Denis Herrera, who co-authored legislation to ban electronic cigarettes with Supervisor Shaman Walton, applauded the death of the measure.
"San Francisco voters are too smart to be fooled by Jules," Herrera said in a statement. "Jul is Big Tobacco and uses the classic Big Tobacco experience to try and hook another generation of kids into nicotine. Voters saw right through Jul's deception. ”
Online: election results at sfchronicle.com/electionresults/ records19659013: 2Juul declined to comment on the election results, citing a statement that company CEO K.C. Crosthwaite made it in September when the company announced it was withdrawing its support for Pro C. As part of a company-wide policy review.
"This decision does not change the fact that as a San Francisco based company, we remain committed to the city," says Crostwyth.
Catherine Ho is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Cat_Ho