San Francisco Bans Vaping for Some Reason

Bottles of various flavors of vapor solution, known as "juice," for use in e-cigarettes at a shop in Sacramento, Calif. San (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

When you hear the name “San Francisco,” what images come to mind? A cable car? A box of Rice-A-Roni? The TransAmerica Pyramid? A homeless heroin addict defecating in the street?


It’s none of those things, of course. “San Francisco” has now become synonymous with “Teenagers addicted to vaping.” It’s definitely the city’s #1 problem. The good news is that they’re finally doing something about it.

Joshua Sabatini, SF Chronicle:

San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of e-cigarettes Tuesday despite opposition from corner store owners and local vaping manufacturer Juul.

The Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to approve the legislation introduced by Supervisor Shamann Walton, which is intended to prevent youth from vaping.

“We spent the ’90s battling Big Tobacco. And now we see its new form through e-cigarettes,” Walton said.

This is a good idea. A youth walking down a San Francisco street for a vape refill might slip on some human feces and fall into a pile of dirty needles. We have to think about the children.

In other San Francisco news:


So… vaping is bad, but only if it’s tobacco. Vaping marijuana is good. The delivery system is the problem, except when it isn’t.

I know I’m just a crazy libertarian, but how about just letting people decide for themselves what they want to vape, or smoke, or eat or drink or watch or read or whatever else they want to do? As long as they’re not hurting anybody else, let them make their own choices. Hold them accountable for those choices, sure. But they should be free to do so without being constantly pestered by taxpayer-funded nannies. This is America, dagnabbit.

But then what would meddling government bureaucrats do all day? They gotta eat too, y’know.


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