San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar hopes to have an ordinance banning the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products within a few months, calling them a danger to young people.
She says vaping has been marketed as the cool, hip way for teens and young adults to smoke.
“They have flavors that are specifically designed to entice a younger audience, so it’s just a cigarette repackaged and specifically targeting a younger generation to get them addicted to it, to get them addicted to the nicotine,” she said.
But in the meantime, she is reaching out to retailers selling those products.
“The vape shops, the big-box businesses, mom and pops, stop selling it voluntarily,” she said. “You know it’s harmful, you know it could potentially kill our children. Stop selling it.”
San Francisco and Michigan have passed bans on vaping products this year.
Salazar says she hopes to present an ordinance to the county supervisors for a vote but also hopes to work with retailers to find ways to take the nicotine out of vaping.