Huge Tobacco Ban Victory In San Francisco Sparks Action Elsewhere
Communities across California are taking up the issue, saying there's little federal action to fall back on. "You know, I probably would have voted for it too," said Brian Richardson a resident of Los Angeles who owns a Bay Area vaping store. "As much as I like to sell vape liquids at my store in San Francisco, I agree some type of regulation is necessary."
Will San Francisco's Ban On Flavored Tobacco Spark A National Trend?
Despite a multimillion dollar campaign by tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, San Francisco will soon implement the most comprehensive restrictions on e-cigarettes in the country. The move is already sparking other cities to follow. This week's vote on San Francisco's Proposition E was expected to be close, but the measure is passing with nearly 70 percent of the vote. That's an insurmountable lead even though mail-in ballots are still being counted. The ban includes all flavored tobacco products from vaping liquids to menthol cigarettes to flavored hookah. (McClurg, 6/11)