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Ryanair Allows E-Cigs, But Americans Can Smoke on Flights, Too

Irish bargain airline Ryanair announced yesterday they would begin selling smokeless electronic cigarettes on their flights. The gimmick may bring in a few extra nicotine-happy customers in Europe, but Ryanair doesn't fly to the United States (but plan to by the end of the year). Are Americans out of luck?

Actually, no. There is nothing prohibiting American passengers from using smokeless electronic cigarettes on flights, as this blog post from Smokeless Delite, an e-cigarette maker, celebrates. They didn't immediately return a call for comment. (A Smokeless Delite instructional video, below.)

We wrote about the FDA's ban on flavored tobacco last week, and also address whether e-cigarettes will fill the gap, even while the FDA tries to ban them.

The Civil Aeronautics Board first took on smoking in 1973, after a fire in a lavatory bathroom caused a crash that killed 124 people. That first regulation established a non-smoking section and banned bathroom smoke-breaks. It wasn't until 1989 that smoking was banned on domestic airlines. You can read about the legislation here.

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  • Ankhkare

    I wonder if they'll let you fly with some E Cig Starter Kits. I will actually try this soon. But anyway the fact that they let you smoke e-cigs during a flight is quite a big deal especially when you have to fly for like 15 17 hours and you cannot smoke.

  • Donna Cuzze

    VAPORIZERs & HUMIDIFIERs work on the same principle as an E-cigarette. If you put medications or herbs in the vaporizer, you are breathing flavored steam. E-cigarettes can be purchased with edible flavors WITHOUT nicotine. f the FDA approves medicated humidifiers for babies, why the exception to e-cigs for adults?

    Maybe manufacturers should submit their products to be tested by the FDA as vaporizers.

    The FDA currently views e-cigarettes as a drug because of the nicotine. They could view e-cigs as smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and then the FDA could control them. But someone told me that could take up to ten years. I have never found such a comfortable way to quit smoking as I have by using e-cigarettes. (And I smoked for over 40 yrs). My son has totally quit and that is a blessing.