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Obama Wants To Ban ‘E-Cigs’ On Airplanes

From a oddly non-fuming Los Angeles Times:

U.S. seeks to ban electronic cigarettes on airplanes

The Department of Transportation has proposed a federal rule that would explicitly ban electronic cigarettes on all domestic and international commercial flights in the U.S.

By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2011

Smoking electronic cigarettes would be explicitly banned on all domestic and international commercial flights in the U.S. under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Current federal law prohibits passengers from smoking any tobacco product on a commercial plane but does not single out the use of electronic cigarettes.

Most electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco but use a lithium battery to heat up a liquid nicotine solution, creating a vapor that can be inhaled to deliver the chemical directly into the lungs.

"Airline passengers have rights, and this new rule would enhance passenger comfort and reduce any confusion surrounding the use of electronic cigarettes in flight," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement Wednesday.

So now the government can ban things just because they might cause "confusion"? Are they going to ban everything that confuses people? That would be practically everything for some folks.

For years, flight attendants have spoken out against electronic cigarettes, saying passengers have confronted attendants over electronic cigarettes because some air travelers argue that the federal tobacco ban does not apply to electronic cigarettes.

This is a confusing sentence. It should be banned. But in any case, couldn’t the stewardesses flight attendants simply announce that electronic cigarettes are harmless, along with the rest of their spiel?

After all, don’t electronic cigarettes save lives by helping people move away from real cigarettes?

The proposed ban on electronic cigarettes was blasted Wednesday by Ray Story, chief executive of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Assn., a Washington-based trade group that promotes the use of electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional tobacco products.

Story said the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette would pose no danger to nearby passengers on a plane. He said the ban would relegate electronic cigarette smokers to airport smoking sections where they would be exposed to the proven harmful effects of traditional tobacco cigarettes

So the Obama administration wants to force e-cig users to sit with real smokers at airports? Won’t that would put their lives at risk because of second hand smoke?

Remember, Obama’s own Surgeon General has told us that even one breath of second hand smoke could prove fatal.

Under the federal rule-making process, the public has until Nov. 14 to submit comments on the proposed ban…

Which will be studiously ignored.

But who cares how many lives may be lost due to this diktat? The nanny state knows best.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Wants To Ban ‘E-Cigs’ On Airplanes”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    All too often, statists have been subjected to second-hand stupidity, which, when combined with their own first-hand stupidity, creates most of the problems we have today.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I’m okay with this as long as they ban smoking on Air Force One also. I bet Barry would hate that not being able to light up a Kool while he and Mooshelle are cruising to their next “date night”.

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