San Francisco Bans E Liquid Flavors
One of the most enjoyable aspects of vaping, besides the health benefits, is the variety of flavors a vaper could choose from. For those looking to quit the dangerous habit of smoking, the e-juice flavors are what piqued their interest enough to make the switch. The flavors also create consistency when reducing the level of nicotine for the goal of complete cessation. But, San Francisco bans e liquid flavors anyway.
Last month’s vote on the issue proved that citizens in the area were more worried about the appeal flavors had to underage kids more than they were worried about cigarette smokers having easier methods of quitting. Not only does the flavor ban affect vaporizers, but it has also eliminated menthol-flavored cigarettes as well. Other cities across the nation have similar reforms in the works, including Oakland, Chicago, Providence, and New York. Small vape shop owners in these areas worry about sales plummeting on their other products as well now that shoppers are more willing to travel to the next city over to purchase their favorite e-juice flavors. This also affects commerce and tax revenue in the cities with flavor bans.
Currently, all states prohibit minors from purchasing tobacco related products, including e-juice and vape devices. The minimum age to legally purchase these products is 18 in many states, with some going as high as 21 years of age. It is also a crime to supply minors with tobacco related products. Still, lawmakers and citizens did not think these restrictions were enough to keep minors away from the temptation of nicotine.
Although cigarette usage amongst teens has steadily declined over the past four years, vaping saw a slight increase from 2016 to 2017. However, vaping increased by about the same amount as cigarette use decreased in the same year. So, further research would need to be conducted to determine if cigarette users switched to vaping or the difference was caused by teens quitting smoking altogether while new users began with vaping. Altogether, trends show that tobacco and nicotine use in any form among teens has been steadily decreasing over the past four years, and about half of teen vape users only vape flavoring without nicotine.
Alas, fear has won the day and adults are the ones who are suffering for it. Right now, users, and teens, can still purchase flavored e-juice online. However, as more cities enact flavor bans, it will be harder for individuals to obtain these products. We may very well see nation-wide bans soon, which could have devastating effects on the vaping industry.