The US government just banned electronic cigarettes from airplanes

March 2, 2016 4:57 PM

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The use of electronic cigarettes on commercial airplanes is now banned under a new rule finalized by the US Department of Transportation, which applies to all domestic and foreign carriers with flights scheduled to and from the US. The ban applies to all e-cigarettes, including electronic cigars, pipes, and devices designed to look like everyday products such as pens. It does not apply to nebulizers, which are used to treat cystic fibrosis and asthma.

It's not clear, however, whether the rule applies to vaporizers, some of which look like pens, while others look like smartphones with tubes attached. The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't made an official ruling, but it stands to reason that the DOT's new rule will also apply to vaporizers. (A...

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