San Francisco weighs first U.S. city ban on e-cigarette sales

San Francisco supervisors want to crack down on youth vaping.
(Samantha Maldonado / Associated Press)

San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes.

It’s part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping.

The supervisors will vote Tuesday on measures to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in San Francisco until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completes a public health review of the devices. The plan would also ban manufacturing e-cigarettes on city property.

If supervisors approve the ban Tuesday, the measures will require a subsequent vote before they become law.


Supporters say the measures will limit young people’s access to e-cigarettes and would compel the Food and Drug Administration to study the products.

Critics say the measures could reduce access to a smoking alternative and would harm small businesses.