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Blumenthal: Completely Ban E-Cigs On Planes

 

There is a Senator in the United States congress who has completely defied logic, calling for a complete ban of electronic cigarettes from flights in the United States.  If you share one article on Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media today, make sure it is either this one or the SFATA link I will be posting below.

As we already know, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems is banned on planes, and vapers have no problem with that.  Late last year, the FAA and federal government decided that placing these devices in the cargo hold of planes could be considered dangerous after a couple of mishaps and poor battery safety measures caused fires on an aircraft.  Again, vapers were perfectly fine with this measure — passenger safety is paramount when travelling at 35,000 feet and no one wants fire beneath their feet.

Unfortunately, we now have a Senator proposing an amendment to a bill that would see these devices entirely banned from aircraft due to these alleged safety issues.  We will spend the next couple of minutes looking at exactly why this proposal is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, not only to the health and safety of the vapers who are being singled out, but also to the profit margins of airlines, Apple, and everything else in your life that contains a Lithium Ion battery.

Whats In The Amendment

Blumenthal D CT
Sen R. Blumenthal.
Every time this man opens his mouth and mentions vaping, I feel the urge to break something.

SA 3547 reads as follows:

SEC. 5032. REGULATIONS RELATING TO E-CIGARETTES.
(a) In General.–Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shall, in coordination and consultation with the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration–
(1) finalize the interim final rule of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued October 30, 2015, pertaining to e-cigarettes; and
(2) expand that rule to prohibit the carrying of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage and in carry-on baggage.
(b) Definition.–In this section, the term “battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices” means e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems.

blumenthal tweet
So, he is going after my cellphone next right?

There is so much wrong here, I barely know where to begin, so I will start with the simplest point to get across.

cellphone fire: batteries are the problem, not the devices
note: this is a cell phone that exploded and caught fire, not a vaping device.
If one is up for banning, they all should be in the proposition.

Vaping Devices are not the problem, the problem is very simply poor usage of Lithium Ion batteries.  More and more vapers are being educated on battery safety, how to carry, store and charge them correctly, and in all honesty the number of actual cases of these cells going wrong is tiny (if you are unfamiliar with the concept of exploding batteries, I wrote a fun piece on it last month).  Cell phones, laptops, and hover board thingies all use the same batteries, and are just as likely to explode at 30,000 feet, but the Senator isn’t going after any of those devices in his proposal, only sticking the knife deeper into the vaping community.  Should he open the door by banning one device from flight, he and his colleagues will quickly come to understand what 9,000,000 angry Americans sound like when they get to the TSA lines and are told to throw $100+ in the trash because some guy from Connecticut said it wasn’t safe.

Does the Senator believe that all of these people are going to roll over and go back to cigarettes when they get off the plane because they are a cheaper option at the airport or purchase a cigalike from an airport kiosk or are they going to boycott flights until this idiotic display of chest pounding has been resolved.  He is not suggesting the removal and proper storage of your 18650’s until the plane lands, he is saying sorry about your luck, if its part of your vaping device you either mail it back to yourself or throw it in the trash.  If that happens to be a Reaulaux DNA200, as well as everything else you happened to be carrying, you have no recourse but to comply.

This guy hates vaping, plain and simple.  He is one of our greatest enemies in the Senate, according to him, the vaping industry is Big Tobacco and it is trying to get 5 year old’s hooked on nicotine so they move on to crack cocaine by the time they are eleven and out on the streets slinging dope by the time they should be graduating high school: we all know he only says these things because his corporate sponsors in the pharmaceutical industry tell him to but he is still a muppet for letting them stick their hands up his backside and making his mouth move.

Do Yourself  And Us A Favor

sfata_logoIf you are a vaper who travels by plane, if you know a vaper who travels by plane or if you are a person who doesn’t want to see 9,000,000 people pushed back to smoking cigarettes by this buffoon and his  cronies colleagues, head over to the SFATA page that has been set up to guide people in how to make their voices heard.  Encourage your Senators and tell them that this stupidity doesn’t need to get off the ground, by removing vaping devices from ex-smokers, his concept is going to benefit the very people he says he hates: the tobacco corporations.  Better yet, take part in the CASAA call to action, it literally takes 2 minutes to get your message across.

The only thing that needs to happen is to have the TSA guys make sure that batteries are in cases or properly installed in devices, not in someones pocket with change and keys, crisis averted and it doesn’t require rocket science degrees or bans.

If this idiotic piece of legislation makes it anywhere near the Senate for a vote, I for one will be requesting my Senators add language to ban ALL Lithium Ion batteries from air travel, then lets see Mr. Blumenthal explain to the nation why they can no longer take their iPhones on a plane.

As always, enjoy your vaporizer and vape safe!

About the author

Daniel Hall

Avid Vaper, advocate and cloud chaser. Writer for 3 vaping websites and broadcaster/presenter as Vapin Demon on Coast 2 Coast Vapers.
Originally from Manchester, England, I got bored one day and moved to the USA.
Vaping saved my life and my aim is to save as many others as I can.

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  • This is what I said in my email when I filled out the CASAA form. I told them that LION batteries aren’t prohibited, otherwise cellphones, laptops, gameboys etc. would be banned, so if they must make it difficult for vapers, they could require that we take the batteries out of our devices and put the batteries into a battery case, then all we would have to do was show our empty devices to them. What could be simpler? Devices without batteries in them can’t explode, so there is no reason to ban them.

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