U.S. Lawmakers Urge Ban on E-Cigarettes on Airplanes

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U.S. Lawmakers Urge Ban on E-Cigarettes on Airplanes

June 12, 2014~ E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators said on Tuesday in a letter urging the Department of Transportation to finalize rules proposed almost three years ago. “While many major carriers have decided to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes, federal regulations still allow these products to be used during flight,” the lawmakers, all Democrats, wrote to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Regulators first proposed a ban on “vaping” on U.S. flights in September 2011. At the time, the DOT noted that releasing a “vapor that may contain harmful substances or respiratory irritants in a confined space, especially to those who are at a higher risk, is contrary to the purpose and intent of the statutory and regulatory ban on smoking aboard aircraft. In their letter to Foxx, the senators included examples of advertisements that feature or imply the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes.

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