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Call to Action: Contact Your Senator to Prevent Vapor Devices From Being Banned on Planes!

Oppose SA 3547Vaping is being attacked, yet again. This time, the powers that be (more specifically, anti-vape Senator Blumenthal D-CT) are attempting to ban vapor devices/ products from being carried on aircraft. His proposed amendment aims to expand the present list of hazardous items to include vapor products, which will thereby ban them from being brought onto all flights. Such legislation is not only aggressive and without reasoning, it is a blatant attack on the rights of those who seek alternatives to tobacco.

If you own a vapor products-related business, are a vape consumer, or support the vape industry in any manner, it is imperative that you email or make a phone call to your Senator to voice your outrage over the proposed amendment SA 3547, to the FAA reauthorization bill. As early as next week, there is a possibility it will be debated on the Senate Floor, and if it goes into effect, it has the potential to be catastrophic for anyone who intends on vaping while traveling, or simply just plans on bringing their devices with them.

Considering that vapor devices are already banned from use on flights, and restricted to being carried exclusively in carry-on luggage (checked luggage is prohibited) it is excessively oppressing to those who vape to be forced into such circumstances. This type of regulation impacts vapers in the worst possible way, as the majority of them use these alternatives as an option away from tobacco. To give them no option when traveling could potentially force them back to using tobacco, against their preferences, all for a pointless regulation that does not have any justification.

More than 9 million people use vapor products as an alternative method of smoking, and to restrict these devices in such a way is a forceful attack on the freedoms of those who vape. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are not even regulated in such a way. Cell phones, which contain similar lithium ion batteries as those contained in vapor devices, are not regulated like this, so to thwart such bans on vapers is simply wrong.

Therefore, it is so important to everyone involved in this industry to make it clear to your Senators that support for opposing SA 3547 is the right thing to do. You can find your Senator’s contact info HERE!

FDOT Makes it Formal: Electronic Cigarettes Are Banned on Flights

Vaping Banned on AirplanesThe Federal Department of Transportation, also known as FDOT, announced this week that electronic cigarettes are officially classified as smoking devices in regards to air travel, and therefore, they are now prohibited for use during flights.

From a statement from the Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx on the matter: “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes.The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both.”

Yes, it is true that electronic cigarettes have never been allowed, however, to further clarify the matter, FDOT has made it official with this final issuing of regulations that all electronic cigarettes, advanced vaporizers, electronic cigars, electronic pipes, any devices that are designed to resemble everyday objects including pens, and simply any device that is remotely similar and has the ability to vaporize nicotine liquid into delicious clouds of vapor is federally banned on commercial flights from, into, and throughout the US. The rule goes fully into effect April 3, 2016.

Additionally, while electronic cigarettes will be allowed to be carried with you on flights, FDOT has also made it a requirement of anyone carrying an electronic cigarette device that such items may not be stored in checked luggage; carry on only. Furthermore, electronic nicotine delivery systems may not be charged in any such manny on board the aircraft, in flight or otherwise.

If you vape, or are even just aware of the electronic smoking movement, and have attempted to, or looked into the possibility of vaping on an airplane, you will already know that it’s been prohibited. All the while however, federal mandates regarding the official rules have not been made clear, as the majority of the rules previously in existence were not inclusive of vapor devices, considering their relative newness. Until now.