New Jersey Lawmakers Ask Feds to Ban Ecigs on Commercial Flights
When you travel by plane, chances are that you won’t be allowed to use your ecig on board. The vast majority of airlines have created rules that ban vaping during flights, but that isn’t enough for New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone. After spending countless hours lobbying to have ecigs banned in national parks, now he is on a warpath in an effort to have new federal laws that would ban vaping on airplanes too.
Pallone clearly isn’t a fan of vaping and he obviously has spent very little time reading the dozens of case studies and research trials that reveal that vaping is in fact much safer than smoking. “I think that e-cigarettes should be treated like regular cigarettes for all purposes,” Pollard said. “Most people think e-cigarettes are already banned on flights because most of the airlines do in fact ban them of their own accord, but it’s not required by federal law that they be banned.”
Several years ago in 2011, the US Department of Transportation issued a cautionary statement to passengers, explaining that ecigs are banned on all flights, but there is no real federal statute to back up their warnings. Pallone is now asking the feds to crack down on vapers. “I’ve asked the Department of Transportation to ban e-cigarettes on planes in the same way that they ban regular cigarettes. Various agencies say they’re looking into banning e-cigarettes on airplanes, but they haven’t officially taken a position yet and I’m trying to get them to take a position and take it in favor of treating the e-cigarettes the same way as regular cigarettes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the CDC reports that ecig use has more than doubled since 2010 with 20.4 million people having at least tried an ecigarette once. Pallone uses this information to present vaping as a problem, but in reality, the surge in vaping is also bringing a swift downturn in the number of tobacco users. Many smokers are turning to ecigs for help kicking the habit when other cessation attempts have failed.
Smoking has been outlawed on all US airlines for more than two decades, but now ecigs could be the next prohibited item on board flights. Do you think Pallone is being petty by pushing for these rules as a formality? What is he hoping to gain by waging a constant war on ecigarettes?