Having solved every other problem on earth, San Francisco is free to engage in unlimited virtue signaling about…well, everything. From plastic straws to painted rocks, the City by the Bay takes pride in its homeless, its poop map, and its stunning uniformity of thought.
And now, they’ve banned e-cigarettes.
The measure, if passed, would go into effect seven months after it is signed by the mayor. It would halt the sale of e-cigarettes in San Francisco’s brick-and-mortar stores and bar the delivery of e-cigarettes bought online to San Francisco addresses until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviews the safety of the products, which it has not yet done.San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2019
Funny thing is, Juul, the main e-cigarette maker in the U.S., leases space in San Francisco, and has bought a 28-story office tower to grow its currently 1,200-strong workforce. Juul will continue to be welcomed in San Francisco, all the while knowing that their product is officially banned. Stupidity much?
Meanwhile, median home prices in San Francisco have reached $952,400, highest in the nation and more than double what New Yorkers can expect to pay. If you’re not a startup millionaire, don’t even think of living in the e-cigarette free capital of virtue signaling.
They’re also having trouble keeping teachers–in homes. The average public school teacher salary in San Francisco is $71,738. Math teacher Etoria Cheeks has to be so dedicated to her job that she’s homeless. She literally can’t afford to live in the most expensive city in America, because the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $3,108, and her monthly after-tax salary is $4,471, leaving just $1,363 for everything else.
While playing hopscotch around piles of poop and discarded needles, San Francisco denizens can take much pride in the fact that their city has become a paragon of virtue signaling, and while perusing the Indeed ads to work at Juul, they can be comforted by the fact that e-cigarettes are bad for you (they are). And San Francisco’s political leaders know what’s best for everyone.