Juul, an e-cigarette giant, on Wednesday, came against San Francisco supervisors, who permitted a measure to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the city.
If the legislation is accepted, San Francisco would become the first city in the country to take such action. The proposal, which still needs a final vote and approval from Mayor London Breed, is an attempt by the city to contain the youth-vaping epidemic.
The policymaker unitedly voted on Tuesday to ban the sale of e-cigarettes, while also stopping the manufacturing of these products in the city. Juul, which leads the e-cigarette market, is facing many allegations and a number of investigations into its alleged part in the increasing use of nicotine among minors.
“The prohibition of vapor products for all adults in San Francisco will not effectively address underage use and will leave cigarettes on shelves as the only choice for adult smokers, even though they kill 40,000 Californians every year,” Juul said.
The company further stated that it will still work with local policymakers and businesses to implement stronger regulations to stop minors from smoking in a bid to prevent a complete ban on e-cigarettes from being implemented.
“We have always been a proud San Francisco-based company, and remain committed to serving the community as we focus on helping adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes — the leading cause of preventable death — and combating underage use,” the company stated.