True Viral News covers CEI’s objection to a DOT ban on electronic cigarettes on flights.
A divided federal appeals court is upholding a President Barack Obama-era regulation that barred e-cigarette smoking-also known as vaping-on both inbound and outbound US flights.
The US Department of Transportation officially banned electronic cigarettes on flights in March of 2016 to clear up any confusion as to whether they were also outlawed like traditional tobacco cigarettes.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives sued, alleging Congress’ “no smoking” statute didn’t apply to e-cigarettes.
“Today’s court ruling creates a dangerous new rule for interpreting the law,” Sam Kazman, the institute’s general counsel, said in a statement about the decision from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “It allows the commonly understood language of Congress’s 30-year-old no-smoking statute to be stretched in a ban on e-cigarettes-even though e-cigarettes involve no combustion and produce no smoke.”
Read the full article at Ars Technica.