USA proposes electronic cigarette ban on flights
The U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed an extension on the law, introduced in 2000, which bans cigarettes on flights to include e-cigs too. If approval goes ahead then electronic cigarettes will be banned from all internal US flights and all flights traveling to and from the USA too.
The structure of the US federal rule-making system means that the public have until 14th November to submit their opinion on the new proposed law. Go to http://www.regulations.gov and type the keyword ‘electronic cigarettes’ into the search bar to have your say NOW!
Even though the electronic cigarette has been around since 2002, it is still a relatively new phenomenon in the eyes of the general public. The majority of consumers are still wary of the dangers of the electronic cigarette and do not have enough e-cig knowledge to understand that their vapor is harmless to users and those around them.
In the UK the Government has recently promoted the use of electronic cigarettes, acknowledging the amount of lives they could save each year. One of E-Lites co-founders, Adrian Everett, catches up with talkSPORT’s Mike Graham and describes the Governments recent push as: “An interesting change of tact because we’ve come with a great deal of opposition until recently, largely due to a lack of product knowledge. It appears that various bodies have recognized the many benefits of the electronic cigarette.”
However, the US Government’s stance on e-cigarettes differs greatly from that of the UK Government. Consumer confusion over electronic cigarettes plays a key part in the introduction of the ban on flights, Ray LaHood, American Transportation Secretary claimed: “Airline passengers have rights, and this new rule would enhance passenger comfort and reduce any confusion surrounding the use of electronic cigarettes in flight."
Flight attendants in America have previously had problems with electronic cigarette use on flights. Firstly, flight attendants have not been trained thoroughly enough on electronic cigarettes, causing confrontations with passengers using their e-cigs. Secondly, passengers are confused by the vapor produced from electronic cigarettes and are worried that they could be passively inhaling unwanted chemicals when someone near them is using an e-cigarette.
Surely the US Government should be following the UK’s footsteps and be encouraging the masses to become more aware of the health benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes, especially as it could save numerous lives!
Click HERE and type the keyword ‘electronic cigarettes’ into the search bar leave you comments about the ban.
Check out E-Lites chat to Mike Graham on talkSPORT too!