Vaping 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!