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Anniversary of Smoking Bill

Story by WBGZ Radio
25 years ago, smoking was outlawed on commercial flights, thanks to legislation from an Illinois politician.  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), then a congressman from Springfield, sponsored the commercial airline smoking ban law, which went into effect February 23, 1990. He says the significance of the ban is only apparent now.
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“I didn’t realize that would make a difference in terms of whether you could smoke on a train, on a bus, in a building, in a restaurant, in a hospital,” Durbin said.
Durbin’s concern now is the regulation of e-cigarettes, which he says are becoming more and more popular with young people, but aren’t subject to the same scrutiny as other tobacco products. Most airlines voluntarily ban e-cigarette use, but Durbin wants an across-the-board ban put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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