The city of San Francisco has passed as the first city in the U.S. a ban on e-cigarette sales until their health effects are better studied.
British public broadcaster BBC reports that San Francisco city council on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporisers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city. The legislation is still to be signed by Mayor London Breed, who has indicated that she would.
Anti-vaping activists say firms deliberately target young people by offering flavoured products. Critics say that not only is more scientific investigation into the health impact needed, vaping can encourage young people to switch to cigarettes.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of US teenagers who admitted using nicotine products rose about 36% last year, something it attributed to a growth in e-cigarette use.
The California city is home to Juul Labs, the most popular e-cigarette producer in the U.S. Its spokesmen Ted Kwong commented that traditional tobacco products will «remain untouched by this legislation, even though they kill 40,000 Californians every year».