The vaping community is under attack yet again, and this time the new legislation is targeting e-cigs in carry-on baggage. A proposed amendment (SA 3547) to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that already prohibits vaping on airplanes and storing electronic cigarettes in checked baggage is going to the Senate floor next week. If passed, then all types of vaping technology will essentially be banned from both domestic and international flights within 180-days.
You can smoke, but you can’t vape!
What does this mean to the vaping community?
The passing of SA 3547 would be a massive blow threatening the very health of over 9 million American vapers. People who depend on this technology as a smoking cessation method would be forced to purchase new vape products in the city of their final destination once the airplane lands. What many people may not realize is that vapers will have to wait until they leave airport property and locate a local vape shop before they can buy a new vape pen or e-cig.
Furthermore, for those who have connecting flights in one or more cities, the related layovers will leave vaping enthusiasts suffering from endless cravings for a drag of their trusty vape pens. But never fear. Even though airport venders won’t be selling e-cigs, SA 3547 does not ban them from selling those nasty tobacco cigarettes. Is this an attempt by the U.S. Senate to side with Big Tobacco and get the American public once again hooked on smoking?
Banning e-cigs in carry-on baggage fueled by “exploding e-cig” stories.
U.S. politicians like Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, who sponsors SA 3547, are using news stories about exploding e-cigs to support the need for the increased FAA regulations. Just last month, Delta Flight 689 heading to St. Louis was delayed on the tarmac of Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport because of an exploding e-cig in a passenger’s backpack. Firemen were called to the cabin of the plane, and the story went viral in a matter of minutes. It was even reported on CNN, Fox News, and other major media outlets. Stories like these do not help the vaping community’s right to vape.
The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Organization (SFATA) is urging all vapers to contact their state Senators and other legislators to voice opposition against SA 3547. By banning e-cigs in carry-on baggage while still allowing the sale, transportation, and smoking of traditional tobacco products in airports nationwide, the Federal Government is placing its citizens at an unfair health risk. It will be far too tempting for vapers to relapse into smoking by simply walking over to an airport kiosk to buy a pack of cigarettes, since e-cigs and vaping devices will be completely banned by SA 3547.