"I come in here all the time and sample the juice flavors," said Mike Reynolds, left, who vapes a watermelon juice e-cigarette on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at MOvape Electronic Cigarette Store in St. Louis. His friend Taylor Kreter is on the right. (Photo b

E-Cigarettes (Photo credit: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS/Sipa USA)

Supporters of Potential Flavored Tobacco Ban In San Francisco Talk Teen Nicotine Use

Melissa Culross
May 11, 2018 - 10:55 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) - With less than a month until the June election, some parents and medical professionals in San Francisco are getting the word out about the dangers of teenage nicotine use.

As we hear from KCBS Radio reporter Melissa Culross, they are backing a ballot measure they say will help stop teens from smoking.

The use of flavored e-cigarettes and the increasingly popular Juul Vaping pods has exploded among kids and teenagers. According to Bay Area mom Louise Ramirez, that is why she supports Proposition E, a measure on the June ballot in San Francisco that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in the city.

"The epidemic of Juul and vaping, isn't just in the Bay Area, it isn't just in San Francisco. It's across the nation." Ramirez says. "The biggest reason for San Francisco doing this, it's the first city in the entire nation taking a huge stand against big tobacco and it's right here in our backyard and we're a part of it."

Dr. Pamela Ling with UCSF says we don't know what the long term health effects of e-cigarettes or Juuling are, but those products contain nicotine and "what we do know is that nicotine is highly addictive and that nicotine changes your brain." she says. "It's especially a problem for kids whose brain is still developing until your mid 20s."

Opponents of Proposition E compare the measure to prohibition and note that the sale of all tobacco products to people under 21 years-old, already is banned.