The City of San Francisco is Ramping Up its War on Vaping!
Ever the enemy of e-liquids and vaping - the city of San Francisco is now looking to ban e-cigs all together until further long term studies are conducted into the effects of vaping.
City officials in the Golden Gate City - which often portrays itself as a refuge of liberalism and freedom - is looking to ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes until more studies are concluded, focusing on the long term health effects . The studies must also be carried out by the US Government.
The law is the first of its kind in the US and follows a ban brought in last year that restricted the sale of flavoured e-liquids within the city. City officials claim the ban is to stop the rise of young people vaping - but critics say it will only hurt people looking to quit smoking.
The US's Food and Drug Administration last week released it's new guidelines on e-liquids that gives manufacturers until 2021 to have their products tested and evaluated. The deadline was initially set for August 2018 but the FDA later agreed and accepted that more time was needed in order for all companies to fall inline.
San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera, one of the co-authors of the bill, which is yet to be approved, said reviews should have been done before they were sold. "These companies may hide behind the veneer of harm reduction, but let's be clear, their product is addiction," said Mr Herrera.
He also said that the cities of San Francisco, Chicago and New York had sent a joint letter to the FDA calling on it to investigate the effects of e-cigarettes on public health.
Anti-vaping activists claim companies like Juul are deliberately targeting kids and younger people by offering e-liquids with different flavours, such as sweet or dessert based types. This claim is absolutley ridiculous and not one born of common sense.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of teenagers in the US who were using tobacco products had risen 37% between 2017 and 2018 - which is a huge rise. It said the growth was due to an increase in vaping. The Tobacco lobbying groups are huge in the US - it makes you wonder to the validity of a lot of these "claims".
San Francisco is the first city in the US to ban flavoured e-liquids and tobacco in a move that is widely believed to be an attack on US vaping giant Juul - which rents space on San Frans famous Pier 70. Juul said in a statement that it was commited to cutting vaping down amoung the younger generation - but only if helped them away from traditional tobacco products.
It asked: "This proposed legislation begs the question - why would the city be comfortable with combustible cigarettes being on shelves when we know they kill more than 480,000 Americans per year?"
The UK views e-liquids and vaping in a much healthier manner than our friends across the pond. Both Public Health England and the NHS recommend vaping as a strong way of quitting smoking. And many other countries around the world, such as the UAE and New Zealand are now lifting the bans they had imposed. It's strange to see the US going this way and only makes you wonder why. Big Tobacco and back handers perhaps? What do you think?
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