Pro-vaping congressman blows fat clouds during congressional hearing to protest e-cig ban

You thought the confirmation of Einstein’s theory about gravitational waves was big? Well, think again.

For the first time ever, a U.S. congressman vaped during a congressional hearing.

In the midst of a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, proudly vaped in protest of an amendment that bans vaping on planes.

“This is called a vaporizer,” Hunter said. “There’s no combustion, there’s no carcinogens.”

“There is no burning. There is nothing noxious about this whatsoever,” he added. “This is the future.”

Hunter had previously written an op-ed for The Hill in favor of e-cigarettes as a means for quitting smoking.

Last year, the Department of Transportation announced a ban on vaping on airplanes. Despite Hunter’s best efforts, that ban will now stay in place thanks to a vote of 33-26.

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William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.