Ban E-Cig Electronic Cigarettes on Airplanes, Senators Say

Boxer is one of seven Democrats urging an immediate ban on electronic cigarettes on airplanes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It's time to ban electronic cigarettes on airplanes, seven Democratic senators said in a new letter to the Transportation Department chastising the Obama administration for failing to act.  

The signatories on a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx point to a proposed rule banning electronic cigarettes that's been pending since 2011.  

Ban on E-Cig Sales, Marketing to Children Pushed by Durbin, Waxman

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E-cigarette sales and marketing to children will soon be banned and flavorings could be restricted by the federal government if two senior congressional Democrats get their way.  

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry A. Waxman of California want the Obama administration to regulate e-cigarette products the same way as traditional tobacco products. On Monday, they touted the findings of a report they commissioned with several other Democratic lawmakers finding that a number of e-cig brand manufacturers are marketing to children.  

Durbin, Democrats Rip E-Cigarettes as 'Candy-Flavored Poisons,' Want Ban on Sale to Children

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Seven Senate Democrats are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes, citing a new report on nicotine poisoning.  

The senators, led by Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, asked FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg in a new letter to regulate newly-developed nicotine products.  

Schumer Backs Banning 'E-Cigs' on Capitol Grounds (Updated)

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Updated 7:20 p.m. | Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., will back a move to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes on Capitol grounds by treating them like more traditional cigarettes.  

"Chairman Schumer has no objection to incorporating e-cigarettes into the Senate smoking policies, and will work with the Rules Committee Republicans to amend the regulations accordingly," Schumer spokesman Matt House said in a statement.