The PJ Tatler

Government Bans E-Cigs in Checked Baggage

If you were thinking about packing an e-cigarette in your checked baggage on a future airline trip, think again.

The federal government has issued a new rule that bans packing electronic cigarettes in your checked luggage. You can still carry on an e-cigarette but you will not be allowed to charge it on the plane.

The government loves to regulate new products and e-cigs are no exception.

The Department of Transportation says there have been at least 26 instances since 2009 where e-cigs have caught fire or caused explosions while packed inside luggage.  The rule will go into effect in the next 2 weeks.

And while we are on the topic of e-cig regulation, on Monday the American Academy of Pediatricians called for stronger regulation of tobacco and e-cigarettes to protect young people. Tobacco use among teens has been declining since the 1970s, nevertheless, the AAP wants to raise the age to buy cigarettes and e-cigs to 21.

The group also wants to see e-cigs regulated the same way tobacco is regulated.

“Tobacco use continues to be a major health threat to children, adolescents and adults. The developing brains of children and teens are particularly vulnerable to nicotine, which is why the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among adolescents is so alarming and dangerous to their long-term health,” Dr. Karen M. Wilson, chair of the AAP Section on Tobacco Control and section head of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said in a statement.

I don’t know what this lady doctor is talking about. The rate of smoking is dropping among teens and overall smoking levels are at all-time low. There are laws against minors or adolescents purchasing e-cigs.  Is nicotine bad when it’s not delivered through tobacco cigarettes? I don’t know but it doesn’t seem like it.  Nicotine gum is available right next to the e-cigs in 7-11 and nicotine patches are sold in all sorts of store, so how bad could it be if the government hasn’t banned it yet?