On Tuesday, local lawmakers pushed forward a proposal that would make San Francisco the 1st major city in the U.S. to ban e-cigarettes.
The Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance amending the health code that would prohibit the sale, distribution and manufacturing of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, within the city.
The ordinance's text specifically points to e-cigarettes as a reason for the "growing health epidemic of youth vaping."
According to the FDA, the use of e-cigarettes by middle school students increased by 48% from 2017 to 2018.
The ordinance will have to pass a second vote next week before it can head to the mayor's desk for a final confirmation.