San Francisco becomes first US city to ban all e-cigarette sales

  • The move means that Juul may no longer be allowed to keep its headquarters in San Francisco 
  • Backers say they hope the legislation will curb underage use of e-cigarettes
  • Critics, including Juul, say the move will prevent smokers from using the devices as quit aids 

San Francisco became the first major US 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.

The move means that Juul Labs, the leading e-cigarette company, may no longer be allowed to keep its headquarters in San Francisco. 

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

 

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