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The JAMA Forum
October 3, 2019

The San Francisco Ban and the Future of e-Cigarettes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvey V. Fineberg professor of the practice of public health leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston
  • 2Vice president for tobacco control and director, Center for Tobacco Control, American Cancer Society
  • 3Adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2019;322(16):1540-1541. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.16181

In June 2019, San Francisco became the first major US jurisdiction to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. These devices, known by the catchall term “e-cigarettes,” include a wide variety of electronic, battery-operated devices that vaporize (not burn) liquids to release nicotine and other substances, and that have levels of toxins that are lower than those from combustible tobacco products such as conventional cigarettes. Effective in early 2020, the measure allows the sale only of tobacco products that have undergone premarket review (no e-cigarettes have, to date) and received marketing authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).