Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Aviation Authority Asks Airlines To Put In Place E-Cigarette Policy

Domestic airlines have been asked by the civil aviation regulator to formulate a policy on handling electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, and display warnings inside lavatories and passenger briefing cards as part of the cabin safety measures.

Under the new cabin safety circular, effective tomorrow, the operators would have to develop procedures to "ensure passengers are advised to remove electronic cigarettes (valet/ sky check) or in cases where excess carry on baggage must be placed in the hold".

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), popularly known as e-cigarettes, produce an aerosolised mixture containing flavoured liquids and nicotine that is inhaled by the user. The system is powered by lithium batteries.

"Electronic, simulated smoking materials (cigarettes, pipes, cigars) are prohibited from use by both passengers and crew at all times. Operators should not permit the use of any item which could insinuate that smoking is permitted on board aircraft," said a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

These products are not yet regulated nor approved for smoking cessation by the US Food and Drug Administration and the long-term health effects to users and bystanders are still unknown, it noted.

The DGCA said that since e-cigarettes are a potential health hazard with safety implications, airlines need to develop policy and procedures to ensure their non-usage as well as proper stowage onboard an aircraft.
31/10/16 PTI/NDTV