The city of San Francisco is on the verge of becoming the first city in the United States to prohibit e-cigarettes.
The city’s Board Of Supervisors voted last week to approve a measure that restricts on selling, distributing, or manufacturing e-cigarettes within the city limits.
Today, the board is likely to pass an ordinace that says: “no person shall sell or distribute an electronic cigarette to a person in San Francisco” unless that product has undergone premarket review by the US Food and Drug Administration.”
To add another twist to this, San Francisco is the headquarters for e-cigarette giant, Juul Labs.
The city says a big reason for the ordinace push is the developing popularity of the product amongst the city’s youth.
If the ordinace does pass, it will go to the Mayor London Breed’s desk to be signed. When it’s signed, the policy will take 30 days to take effect and will be fully implemented within six months.