San Francisco city supervisors are considering whether to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes a part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping, reports PBS.
If they move forward, San Francisco would become the first city in the United States to do so.
Supervisors on Tuesday were set to weigh a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in San Francisco until the FDA completes a review of the effects of e-cigarettes on public health, as well as ban manufacturing e-cigarettes on city property. If supervisors approve the measures, they will require a subsequent vote before becoming law.
“Young people have almost indiscriminate access to a product that shouldn’t even be on the market,” said city attorney Dennis Herrera. “Because the FDA hasn’t acted, it’s unfortunately falling to states and localities to step into the breach.”