Californian representative Duncan Hunter has made waves this week by vaping during a congress hearing.
The act wasn’t just a random one, however, as the hearing was focused on whether or not e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia should be banned on airplanes.
Hunter, who is a former smoker (and a pro-vaping advocate) was against the ban, and used a vape pen during the hearing to demonstrate the product, while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee debated the issue.
“There’s no combustion. There’s no carcinogens. This has helped thousands of people quit smoking. It’s helped me quit smoking,” he argued.
The progressive advocate is well known for his stance on vaping as a form of smoking cessation, but that didn’t stop the committee from officially banning the use of e-cigs, vape pens, and kits on board flights in the US. However, the move is largely a superfluous one, as many American airlines have already banned the in-flight practice, along with tobacco cigarettes.
Even though vapour dissipates significantly faster than tobacco smoke, and even though vapour is significantly less harmful as a second-hand substance (or most likely not harmful at all) than smoke, the move does make sense in such a small enclosed space.
“I don’t think we want to have clouds of vapour inside the aircraft… It’s not something I want to be inhaling,” said another member of the committee.
While many people still wrongfully argue that vapour is harmful to both the vaper and those around him or her, the argument that people may not want to be subjected to vape clouds while in-flight is a reasonable one. Vaping, much like playing music too loudly through your headphones, is not necessarily damaging to those in a close vicinity, but it isn’t very good etiquette, either.