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San Francisco becomes first city in the USA to ban vaping

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San Fran vaping ban San Francisco is both the home of the US' most popular e-cigarette, and its first effecting vaping ban

San Francisco has become the first city in the USA to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, in a bid to curb their use by young people. The measure, passed by city officials earlier this week, forbids stores stocking the vaporisers or online retailers delivering them to addresses in the city, unless the device has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. To date, no e-cigarette has.

Announcing the effective ban, City Attorney Dennis Herrera praised"a decisive step to help prevent another generation of San Francisco children from becoming addicted to nicotine".

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that the number of US teenagers using nicotine grew by 36% in 2018, which it attributed to vaping. Campaigners claim that manufacturers target young people by offering sweetly flavoured products, and that vaping is a gateway to smoking proper (the latest research in the UK suggest rates of vaping remain low among young people).

But Juul Labs, the US’ most popular e-cigarette producer which is based in the city, hit back at the claims. A spokesman claimed that the ban risked driving adult vapers ‘back to deadly cigarettes’.

British writer and researcher Graham Cope who recently gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its green paper on e-cigarettes, told Independent Nurse that in the US 'the free availability of e-cigarettes is fuelling addiction'.

'I believe more research is needed to assess the toxicity of e-cigarettes before they can be recommended as long-term alternative to tobacco.' he concluded.

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I think that the UK figures have to be higher than reported, I have a teenage so and most of his friends are vaping - they interpret the DOG guidelines of "safer" than tobacco as "safe". We need to be doing more to look at this issue - no one knows the impact on health that vaping may have, it is too soon to know.
We could have the same issue as we have with smoking now with vaping in 30-50 years if we are not careful.
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