SAN FRANCISCO — 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.

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.

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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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  • ” E-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which is based in San Francisco, says it is opposed to youth vaping. ” ??? HAHA – what hypocrits !!! Teenagers are lured to Juul in droves, with all the youth-geared flavours and peer-pressured “grown-up” imaging. No wonder teenage vaping is on a tremenduous rise. The Juul people can’t possibly be serious about their statement, all the while raking in the profits off teenage vaping. They do nothing to really stop that worrisome phenomenon. So until they do – for real : shut it down. If adults don’t like that: then HELP to get teenagers to refrain from starting the bad habit that you yourself are trying to quit …………..

    • Shouldn’t their parents do their job? Why should adults be obligated to raise someone else’s child?

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