San Francisco city officials voted to ban e-cigarettes that have not been approved by the FDA, making it the first major U.S. city to implement such measures. This decision comes as concerns about the long-term health effects of vaping, especially for those picking up the habit as teens. What’s more interesting, however, is San Fran’s ban on e-cigarettes is backdropped by the biggest e-cigarette producer in the country, Juul Labs, having its headquarters in San Francisco.
Juul Labs clearly opposed the newest piece of legislation, arguing that this will drive the e-cigarette market underground and cause even more health concerns as a result. Even worse, this could drive up the consumption of traditional cigarettes for those who won’t be able to access e-cigarettes (presumably online).