The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation issued the following statement in response to the Board of Supervisors’ passage of the vaping ban in San Francisco:
“This decision by the Board of Supervisors puts politics before public health, and demonstrates to every resident in San Francisco their intent to legislate for optics over the mandate for responsible policymaking. The Board has shown no consideration for public sentiment, and absolutely no willingness to examine proven regulatory measures that would achieve the goals of youth prevention, while preserving reasonable access to legal products for adults.
The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation is undeterred in our objective to prevent youth access and protect adult choice. We, along with the citizens of this City and the businesses that drive our economy, will answer the call the Board has ignored. We will create the comprehensive regulation that will successfully restrict youth access and preserve adult rights and abilities to access vapor products.
The Coalition is calling for a series of regulatory measures that together will achieve our objective, including:
· Requiring all retailers to use scanning technology to verify a purchaser’s age and ID validity
· Requiring all online retailers that sell vapor products to San Francisco residents to obtain a permit and be regulated by the city
· Requiring all online retailers to use enhanced third-party age verification to ensure every purchaser is at least 21 years of age
· Requiring all retailers (both stores and online vendors) to limit bulk purchasing to reduce the potential for social sourcing
The Coalition will initiate the necessary steps to continue our efforts in the coming weeks.”
For more information on the Coalition, please visit our website: regulatenotban.com
The Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation is an alliance of San Francisco residents, businesses, and community leaders who believe in common sense regulation preventing youth access and preserving adult choice. The coalition was created in response to a proposed ban by the City of San Francisco on the sale of vapor products. This ban would be harmful not only to adult choice, but also to the city’s economy. The coalition provides a platform for concerned residents, business owners and community organizations so that we can take strong actions to further fight underage use while still preserving access to products that can help adult smokers switch from cigarettes.
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