Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vapor Trail the FAA Wisely Bans E-Cigarettes on Airlines

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vapor Trail the FAA Wisely Bans E-Cigarettes on Airlines

Article excerpt

Three decades after banning tobacco cigarettes from airliners, the Federal Aviation Administration is forbidding use of the electronic variety.

This welcome change will not only protect the health of "vaping" passengers and reduce the annoyance of fellow travelers over aerosol fumes, but it will also eliminate a safety hazard. The lithium batteries in e-cigarettes have been known to explode and cause fires.

The FAA rule, which will take effect 30 days after it was published this week in the Federal Register, will apply to all domestic and foreign airline flights in the United States.

E-cigarettes, which vaporize nicotine or other liquid substances so they can be inhaled, were launched six years ago as a less harmful alternative to smoking. …

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