The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance that bans the sale of all vaping products, making it illegal for adults to purchase them in retail stores or online. We all agree that we need to do everything we can to stop youth vaping, but an outright ban is not the answer. Vaping can play an important role in transitioning adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes. That’s why a chorus of leading public health professors from UCSF
, University of Michigan
have come out in support of increased regulations and against a ban. We oppose any proposal to leave cigarettes — a product that kills 8 million people a year — on the shelves, while banning e-cigarettes — a product that, according to Public Health England, is 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes. But the ban also impacts the city’s economy and threatens the livelihood of hundreds of small business owners who stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars a year in sales if these products are pulled from shelves.
Instead, we put forward a proposal that would both protect youth from nicotine and preserve adult choice by adding new restrictions on e-cigarette sales and marketing. If passed, this ballot initiative would provide the strongest safeguards in the country to stop youth vaping. That’s why more than 20,000 San Franciscans signed our petition to place this initiative on the November 2019 ballot. The Act to Prevent Youth Use of Vapor Products
, if passed, would replace the ban on vaping products with the following key regulations:
1. Prohibit E-Cigarette Companies from Advertising to Youth
This initiative will apply the same advertising bans to e-cigarettes that are currently used to stop cigarette companies from marketing to kids. These include no outdoor advertising, no advertising within 1,000 feet of a school, no advertising targeted at kids or using cartoon characters, and no television, radio or digital advertising of any kind.
2. Stop Bulk Sales to Prevent Black Markets
Many teens are getting access to e-cigarettes illegally. By limiting the number of e-cigarettes that can be purchased at any time, this measure will dramatically reduce the number of devices available on the black market.
3. Require Electronic ID Scanning and Age Verification
No one in San Francisco should be able to buy e-cigarettes without having their ID scanned and age verified. This initiative will require all retailers to use electronic age verification technology – and an e-cigarette manufacturer will pay for it.
Add your voice to the thousands who want to stop youth vaping while providing adults with a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE INITIATIVE