SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes after supervisors gave the measure its second and final vote Tuesday.

Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes, but critics say the ban will make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative to regular cigarettes.

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San Francisco is a city that celebrates its marijuana culture, but it appears deeply opposed to other vices. Last year, voters approved a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and in 2016, a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which is based in San Francisco, says it is opposed to youth vaping.

The company is working on a ballot initiative that would regulate but not ban e-cigarette sales.

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  1. Chuck Lantz says:

    I’m almost always in favor of the Board’s decisions, but this one is insane. It’s not the flavors that are addicting, it’s the nicotine! Banning a product that has been proven to help smokers get off tobacco will only drive people to either return to tobacco products, flavored or not, or in the case of kids who started their nicotine addiction on vaping products, drive them to move to regular tobacco products … all of which are STILL LEGAL TO SELL!

    If underage vapers could get their flavored nicotine products despite age restrictions, what makes anyone think they won’t be able to buy regular tobacco products now that vape products are banned? The Board has been fooled by both Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, who want e-cigs stopped for what should be very obvious reasons. This decision will make the situation worse, not better.