E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights — Physician’s First Watch

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March 3, 2016

E-Cigarettes Banned on Commercial Flights

By the Editors

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday banned the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The move affects all U.S. and foreign carriers to, from, and within the U.S.

"This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a news release. "The Department took a practical approach to eliminate any confusion between tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes by applying the same restrictions to both."

Reader Comments (3)

Bernhard Kletzenbauer

Wow, right so! All poison drug-smoke and fog must be banned, all over the world.
All of them spread poison in the air.

Alan Rosenthal, D.O, FACOI Physician, Internal Medicine, Moneterey

I completely disagree with the comment by Michele Royalty. The evidence based medical literature has already indicated there is formaldehyde, benzene and nitrosamines in the vapor(aerosol) of e-cigarettes which are all known carcinogens. Ms. Royalty should have read the American Lung Association data and other Medical Literature before making unsubstantiated claims that e-cigarettes are "healthier" than cigarettes and the aerosol has no effect- these comments are absolutely false.

Michele Royalty PharmD Other Healthcare Professional, Pharmacology/Pharmacy, Retired

There is no aerosol in e cigs, no odor or smoke. Society is just not used to them. They are much healthier than tobacco because they contain no tobacco, only nicotine.

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