County Moves to Take Deadly E-Cigarettes Off The Market

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance I sponsored in November to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.
With the Centers for Disease Control urging Americans to stop vaping and the Federal Food and Drug Administration admonishing Juul for marketing its product as safe for children to use, it is clear Big Tobacco will go to any extremes to hook a new generation of nicotine addicts.
There is no scientific proof these electronic nicotine delivery devices help people stop smoking combustible cigarettes or are even safer to use. People are dying and falling ill because of vaping so the simple solution is to ban the items that are killing people and making them sick.
While 42 percent of Americans were smokers in 1965, that number has dropped to 14 percent currently. Big Tobacco recognizes that the best way to stay in business is to hook a new generation of youth on nicotine delivered by electronic devices which are being marketed as safe to use.
Since October, 38 individuals have died from vaping and 1,888 cases of pulmonary disease have been linked to it, according to the CDC. Now, the push is on to get our cities to adopt the county’s ordinance, which applies only to unincorporated San Mateo County.
David J. Canepa serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.