Illustration: Young people smoking electronic cigarettes on the streets of San Francisco
Original title: San Francisco set to become first major U.S. city to ban e-cigarettes
Netease Technology News, June 19 news, according to foreign media reports, local time on Tuesday, San Francisco passed a proposal to ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes in the city, which will make San Francisco the first US ban on electronic cigarettes Big city.
It is reported that city managers voted unanimously to support this measure on the grounds that “the health of young people smoking e-cigarettes is becoming more and more popular”. San Francisco is expected to vote on the bill next week.
The San Francisco City Supervisory Board passed a proposal on Tuesday to amend the Health Code to ban the manufacture, sale and distribution of tobacco products in the city, including e-cigarettes. The proposal specifically mentions the use of e-cigarettes and blames the “increasing popularity of e-cigarettes for young people”.
A city regulation in San Francisco needs to be reviewed twice and must pass a second vote next week to take effect. According to reports, the city supervision committee also considered the impact of the bill on small businesses, and said that if the bill is passed, they plan to set up a working group to help the relevant small businesses.
According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February this year, about 4.9 million middle school students smoked e-cigarettes in 2018, up from 3.6 million in the previous year. Robert R. Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a research report that the United States must help protect children from preventable health risks.
Redfield said: "In the past year, the number of young people using electronic cigarettes has soared, which may obliterate their progress in reducing the use of tobacco by young people. ”“This will put a new generation at risk of nicotine addiction. ”
The proposed city law in San Francisco expands a measure introduced in 2014 to ban the sale of e-cigarettes when bans on the sale of traditional tobacco products.
Juul, a San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, believes e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking. Juul said measures have been taken to prevent children from using their products. The company said in a statement that it has stepped up its online age verification process and closed its Instagram and Facebook accounts in an attempt to stop people under the age of 21 from using e-cigarettes.
Jud spokesperson Ted Kwong said that “San Francisco prohibits all adults from using e-cigarettes and does not effectively address the problem of minors smoking, and it will make cigarettes the only choice for adult smokers. These cigarettes cause 40,000 per year. Californians are dead. ”
This measure in San Francisco also laid the groundwork for the November vote on e-cigarette issues. Juul has donated $500,000 to the Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation, which will collect signatures and present an initiative on the issue in front of voters.
The American Vaping Association also opposes the San Francisco proposal, saying that adult smokers should get safer alternatives. (Chen Chen)<#comment>#comment><#comment>#comment><#comment>#comment>