San Francisco will completely ban the sale of e-cigarettes from 2020, following the resounding defeat of a proposal to thwart the restrictions. The voting measure was the last hurdle for the proposed ban, namely transposed into law in June.
This is evident from the early results of the city's Election Department just over 80 percent of voters opposed proposal C, which would have destroyed the prohibition and paved the way for looser regulation. Initially, Proposition C was heavily supported by Juul Labs, who is a estimated $ 18 million in promoting the measure. Attempts to defeat the proposal were led by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent about $ 6.6 million opposing the proposal.
Juul abruptly stopped supporting Proposition C in September, around the same time that the company replaced its CEO and stopped advertising for its products in the United States. Juul was recently attacked in the midst of a continuous increase in minors' vapors, an outbreak of injuries from the use of THC products in e-cigarettes and a lawsuit filed by a former director who claimed that Juul was shipping contaminated pods.
The San Francisco ban is one of the most extensive in the country. Other jurisdictions have proposed a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarette products, but San Francisco prohibits the sale of all products that are not approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. So far, no e-cigarette products have received this approval.