During a Congressional Committee Meeting Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Ca) pulled out a vaping pen once again to prove a point. He infamously puffed on a vaporizer last year during a committee meeting. This time he was protesting the proposal to ban e-cigarettes on airplanes.
Congressman Hunter this time, pulled out two different vapes to show what his point about the flaws in an amendment that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) offered to an aviation bill.
Norton’s proposal would prohibit e-cigarettes on planes by changing the definition of smoking to include “a device that delivers nicotine to a user of the device in the form of a vapor that is inhaled to simulate the experience of smoking.”
Duncan who is a huge supporter of e-cigarettes exclaimed that the definition was problematic.
“Let me show you the problem I have with Ms. Norton’s amendment,” he said.
Duncan pulled out a e-cigarette that had nicotine and took a puff from it. Then he pulled out a larger red vaporizer that contained no nicotine.
“This is not covered … under Ms. Norton’s amendment,” said Duncan, who puffed on the second device in the exact same manner to prove his point. “That doesn’t make sense to me. Either say that an e-cigarette is illegal, whether it has nicotine or not in it.”
Duncan said the the Dept of Transportation has already banned the use of e-cigarettes on airplanes and flight attendants can already stop people from vaping.
“And they do,” Duncan assured fellow lawmakers. “Every time we fly, every week, that’s what they tell us.”
After the hard fight from Duncan the panel ultimately decided, in a 30-29 vote, to include Norton’s amendment in the aviation bill.
Congressman Duncan has been a long supporter of vaping and can be seen defending e-cigarettes on various occasions.
Reference: The Hill