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San Francisco approves e-cigarette ban

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:07 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO >> San Francisco is banning the use of electronic cigarettes at bars, restaurants and businesses.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to treat electronic cigarettes like regular, combustible cigarettes. In addition to prohibiting their use in most public places, that means sellers will have to secure a special permit and electronic cigarettes can't be sold at pharmacies and other businesses where tobacco sales are banned.

Supervisor Eric Mar said the goal is to limit children's use of the nicotine product. Critics say the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes are not known.

Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, said the city is stigmatizing the use of electronic cigarettes.

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loquaciousone wrote:
It's only a matter of time before everyone follows suit. I can never understand why anyone would want to inhale vapors into their lungs. Vapors is just another form of water and another word for too much water in the lungs is pneumonia.
on March 19,2014 | 07:18AM
Winston wrote:
Then I recommend you stop breathing immediately. You get water vapor with every breath.
on March 19,2014 | 09:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I already did. Are you still making those smelly cancer sticks?
on March 19,2014 | 10:34AM
Freshness wrote:
What's happening in HI leg? Certainly, Our kids deserve the same protection. Let's beware and be wary in the smartest way..
on March 19,2014 | 07:52AM
serious wrote:
Freshness I agree with you on what's happening in HI leg. But not for this issue. I think making helmets mandatory for ANYONE riding a two wheel vehicle makes sense and should be a slam dunk. That makes sense--every-time I see one of these accidents in the paper I cringe--and who ends up paying the medical????
on March 19,2014 | 11:08AM
otoko wrote:
"Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association, said the city is stigmatizing the use of electronic cigarettes." -- AND YOUR POINT IS ???
on March 19,2014 | 07:58AM
joseph007 wrote:
Hooray for San Francisco.
on March 19,2014 | 08:02AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on March 19,2014 | 08:03AM
Winston wrote:
If there's no secondary smoke risk, why does SF or Honolulu have the right to ban these things?
on March 19,2014 | 09:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Isn't your opinion a tad biased?
on March 19,2014 | 10:35AM
slink wrote:
A few friends use these products and I asked them what's inside? They said they have no idea, it's not regulated, who really knows? Kind of sounds like the cigarette companies from years ago are replaying that same old tune - until people start dropping dead from their product...even then, they deny!
on March 19,2014 | 10:49AM
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