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San Francisco Examiner Race Baiting Recent Vape Ban?

In an article posted in the “opinion” section on the San Francisco Examiner website, a story was written in which it insinuates that the recent ban in San Francisco will affect the “black” community more than any other race.

“What I fear most are attempts to ban products that may in fact only drive both the products and especially children and youth, to the black market or otherwise negatively impact members of the Black community.”

With “race” being used more and more frequently to perpetuate some indication that rules, laws, or policy will affect one race more then the other is doing nothing but keeping the “racial war” (which isn’t systemically true) alive and is only using the race reference for other “sympathy demanding” focus in other topics. A sort of, point scale to be used to fuel the “racial argument” 

“The National Black Justice Coalition is most concerned about the impact this may have in the black community and ensuring the holistic health and wellness of the black community. The highest concern is that the proposed legislation goes too far and may have unintended consequences of driving black youth and adults to the black market.”

This is another quote taken from the original article. I guess I question why vaping now has to become “race baited” based on any regulations or bans of the product. This article really sends a misguided insinuation that the biggest concern is directed to the effects on “one” specific race and not the whole vaping community as a whole. 

We have made attempts to contact the San Francisco Examiner in regards to this article and have only been met with voice mailboxes that say they are unavailable to even leave messages. 

The most recent ACS report shows that San Francisco’s population by race consists of 47.24% being White, 34.17% being Asian, 7.50% as “other race” and only 5.05% being Black or, African American. 

In 2017, the population of San Francisco was 884,363. At 5.05% that would put 44,660 individuals as being Black or African American. What would be a fair guess as to the percentage of those 44,660 who actually vape? Let us say 10% of San Francisco’s Black community actually vape. That’s 4,400 people that this ban would actually affect and that’s using a pretty extreme percentage for a guess. Now out of those 4,400, how many of them are teens? How many of them do we actually consider affected based on the minimum legal age to even vape? 

This is where you start getting into such low numbers of actually affected people on the grand scheme of things. A city of almost a million people, mostly White, but the vape ban is now being positioned to be some attack on the Black community of which may be a few thousand would actually be affected at all? 

This ban has nothing to do with the color of one’s skin but sure does increase readership for the San Francisco Examiner when they use such aggressive and race-baiting headlines that do not provide any factual evidence to support such a controversial claim.  They should be ashamed to participate in such unprofessional and ignorant “reporting”

With 85% of underage teens claiming they order their products online, this ban won’t do much at all actually other than close local businesses and drive more sales to online sources. This will not force them to the “Black Market” as said in the story. 

The “Black Market” is well known for not only its difficulty to access but also its exclusivity as being a “must be known” place. Most companies will not sell you anything if they don’t know you and I have a hard time believing that any vape retailer is going to resort to such difficult tactics to sell products that “are not illegal” which let’s be honest, that’s what the black market is mostly all about. 

San Fran can say that the ban is to include shipping products to a San Fran address but how? We tried reaching out and the only response we received is ” by various methods” 

That’s a very impossible task to enforce considering most online retailers don’t use any reference to “vape” in the shipping address and this was due to high theft or packages never arriving at their destinations a few years ago. The only time a product must be declared during shipping is primarily if it’s going to pass through customs and domestic shipping typically never goes through a customs scan. If it did, that package would take weeks to arrive and not 2-4 days and still, with bottles of vape juice looking like bottles of oils, flavorings, fragrances, etc, it would be impossible for an x-ray machine to tell the difference and therefore not be practical or affordable for the government to do. 

This at most will only ensure that online retailers actually attempt to mask the business name in shipping labels to ensure no “red flags” if and when observed by the post office, which, USPS is the only shipping company that has confirmed to work with these regulations due to being an actual U.S agency.

 

Tim Court
Editor -In- Chief, The Vape Wire. Have something you think we should know? Contact me now @ newsdesk@thevapewire.com

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