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.
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.