4 Reasons Why It’s a Bad Idea for Cities and States to Ban Flavored E-Juices

There are some cities across the United States that don’t want to see vaping products sold within their city limits for whatever reason. So they are going to great lengths to try and stop people from vaping, even though they might be putting their own residents at risk by doing it.

Most recently, the city of San Francisco—long considered to be one of the most liberal cities in the country—made the decision to ban flavored e-juices from its city in order to try and cut down on the amount of vaping done by its residents. As of April 2018, San Francisco-based vape shops will no longer be legally permitted to sell flavored e-juices to customers.

Other cities have tried to eliminate the number of places where vaping is allowed to lower vaping rates, but San Francisco has gone this route and hopes it will provide results. And if it does, other cities might follow its lead.

The entire state of New Jersey has also been trying to ban flavored e-juices for months now. The same thinking that is taking place in San Francisco extends to the East Coast as well. It’s actually a little scary to see all of these cities and now states taking this step—and we hope that it ends soon.

While cities and states might think they’re doing a good thing by banning flavored e-juices, the truth is that there are many reasons why it’s a bad idea. Here are 4 reasons that show why cities and states should reconsider before trying to ban flavored e-juices.

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1. It’s going to take a toll on local businesses.

There are quite a few vape shops scattered throughout the city of San Francisco. There are also quite a few convenience stores that carry vaping products. Can you imagine how harmful a flavored e-juice ban is going to be to these businesses?

The good thing is that San Francisco didn’t ban all vaping products. They simply told vape shops and other businesses that they won’t be able to sell flavored e-juices anymore. But flavored e-juices reportedly make up a large percentage of sales for many of these businesses.

While some vaping critics will try to tell you that flavored e-juices are designed to attract the attention of younger people, there are plenty of adult vapers who love flavored e-juices, too. Using flavored e-juices is part of the fun of vaping.

So those who want flavored e-juices are going to skip shopping at vape shops in San Francisco and start buying vaping products from shops located outside of the city. That’s not a good thing for the local business community.

2. It’s not going to prevent people from using flavored e-juices.

San Francisco has banned vape shops inside of the city limits from selling flavored e-juices, but it hasn’t banned flavored e-juices as a whole. Vapers are still allowed to purchase flavored e-juices elsewhere or order them off the internet and have them shipped to their homes.

So what has San Francisco actually accomplished? As we just mentioned, the city is going to be doing a huge disservice to San Francisco-based vape shops through their new law. People who want flavored e-juices are just going to go to other towns and online to get them.

Because of this, San Francisco won’t accomplish its goal, which is to get people to stop vaping. Instead, they will simply force residents to patronize businesses outside of the city.

Make no mistake about it: The people who want to buy flavored e-juices in San Francisco are still going to be able to find them. Even if all the surrounding cities follow San Francisco’s lead, there will still be places to buy flavored e-juices.

3. It’s going to discourage those who are trying to quit smoking.

Let’s say the San Francisco flavored e-juice ban does work, and it gets hundreds and maybe even thousands of people to quit vaping. Then what?

There are many people who have turned to vaping in order to get away from smoking. They vape, and therefore, they do not have to smoke. But when you cut off their supply of e-juice, some of them will undoubtedly end up smoking again and get caught up in a vicious cycle.

In the long term, this could be problematic, because there’s a chance that researchers will one day find out that vaping really is better for you than smoking. And if that turns out to be the case, how will all of those lawmakers in San Francisco feel? They will have sent many people back in the direction of the very thing they were trying to quit in the first place.

We hope that the people in San Francisco who put this vaping ban into place considered that. Their ban may sound like a good idea to them now, but it could end up backfiring in a big way down the line.

4. It’s going to perpetuate myths about vaping that aren’t true.

This might be the most important reason of all. For years now, vapers and those in the vaping community have worked hard to shoot down all of the myths related to vaping.

Here at Aspen Valley Vapes, we have done our part to let people know about the truths behind some of those myths. We want people to know that vaping is not this horrible thing that some people will try to make it out to be.

But when a city like San Francisco—a city that you would think would be pro-vape—goes against the grain and bans flavored e-juices, it makes it seem like vaping is this horrible thing when, in reality, many people out there would argue against that. And it’s going to feel even more like that if and when other cities jump on the bandwagon and ban flavored e-juices just like San Francisco.

We are going to continue to fight the good fight and argue against flavored e-juice bans. We just hope people continue to listen rather than buying into the anti-vaping sentiment that some cities like San Francisco are pushing.

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8 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why It’s a Bad Idea for Cities and States to Ban Flavored E-Juices

  1. John O. says:

    It’s already been proven that vaping is safer….95% less harmful than smoking….why isn’t anyone paying attention to the Royal College of Physicians?!!

  2. Paul Swik says:

    smh…just wait,next it will be vaping is causing global warming..you would think our elected officials would have more important things to do,

  3. Scott Sirkis / Inst: Obsessedvapor says:

    The good old USA is such a great place with all the freedom and choices to be what you want to be and do what you want when you want. Vaping vs. Smoking nasty ass cigarettes it is we the people’s choice to choose which road we want to take. As stated in a previous post lots of vigorous testing has been done and will continue to be. So far Imo it looks to be very promising as far as harm reduction goes. So I say to all my fellow vapors don’t give up we can win this fight and as always Keep On Vaping.

  4. Terry says:

    Funny isn’t it…when they say “it’s for the children”..well I call BS on that. If it about children’s safety or about children starting to smoke cigarettes or use vape products THEN enact laws to make it illegal for children under the of 18 to consume, possess, purchase or transport cigarettes, tobacco products and vape products, thus making the children accountable for their actions with criminal penalties attached as it is with ‘Underage Drinking of Alcohol’ in most states. Until that happens…well these Liberal cities and lawmakers are just blowing smoke up their butts, my opinion!

  5. Terry says:

    MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR CHILDREN TO SMOKE…

    I get so tired of hearing “it’s all about the children, bah bah bah…

    IF it was truly about children, then, it would be illegal for ‘children’ to possess, consume, transport or buy tobacco products and so on, as it is in most states regarding children under a certain age to purchase, consume, transport alcoholic beverages.

    I live in Pennsylvania and there is NO Laws that prohibits children from possessing, consuming, transporting or buying tobacco products at all.

    Children can smoke in front of a police officer and there is NO legal recourse.

    The only law PA has regarding this issue is it is illegal to sell to them; basically the store clerk would receive a summary citation for selling to someone under the age of 18 years of age and nothing is done to the minor. WHY, is there no law which prohibits underage smoking, if it is ‘truly about the children’?

    I do not know what California’s laws are regarding this, but I am sure they are very liberal as most laws in that state are.

    How about doing a story on this subject…

  6. Terry says:

    CORRECTED – Funny isn’t it…when they say “it’s for the children”..well I call BS on that. If it about children’s safety or about children starting to smoke cigarettes or use vape products THEN enact laws to make it illegal for children under the age of 18 to consume, possess, purchase or transport cigarettes, tobacco products and vape products, thus making the children accountable for their actions with criminal penalties attached as it is with ‘Underage Drinking of Alcohol’ in most states. Until that happens…well these Liberal cities and lawmakers are just blowing smoke up their butts, my opinion!

  7. Jamie Scott says:

    Well only reason everyone thinks San fran is so forward is they pass the stupidest laws in the land and everyone is like wow aren’t they just forward thinking! Bull crap all the way I’m glad I live in Oklahoma we know what freedom is here! And guys the ones who banned flavored ejuice did it for money plain and simple when u have a back room meeting and no citizens are allowed to vote on it sounds like big tobacco and their money working! And again anyone who thinks different just look at our gov on a whole money and power will make people do anything!!!! Continue the good fight guys and bring into the light every back room meeting!!!

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