Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is seeking to expand the federal prohibition on airline smoking to include the new technology of e-cigarettes.
"The use of e-cigarettes and similar vaping devices on airplanes presents a substantial safety risk to passengers from second hand smoke as leading medical organizations have warned," Norton said in a release.
"Electronic cigarette use has increased over the last decade with the increased education of the general public about the dangers and public health threats caused by traditional cigarettes to smokers and nonsmokers alike," Norton said in a speech Tuesday on the House floor. "For example, between 2010 and 2011, e-cigarette use among adults doubled."
Norton's bill would cover ban from flights any device "that delivers nicotine or other substances to a user of the device in the form of a vapor that is inhaled to simulate the experience of smoking."
The bill joins another measure Democrats are pushing this Congress, a bill to raise the national tobacco age to 21.