Last updated: 01:16 PM ET, Sun February 14 2016

Congressman Opposes Ban on Vaping in the Air

Airlines & Airports | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 14, 2016

Congressman Opposes Ban on Vaping in the Air

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Vaporizers are already prohibited during flights on most airlines, but a committee met Thursday morning to discuss a complete ban on the devices in flight, Mashable reported. 

One congressman showed his opposition to the amendment by taking a puff during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting, Mashable said.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, said that using a vaporizer helped him quit smoking and will eventually be the way people take drugs such as ibuprofen, according to Mashable.

"This is called a vaporizer," Hunter said in the meeting. "There's no combustion; there's no carcinogens."  

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But Hunter’s efforts were not successful. The amendment, which was introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, was adopted by a 33-26 vote.

According to the FDA’s website, "analysis of the electronic cigarette samples showed that the product contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed." 

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