Congressman from California is a vape crusader

Congressman From California Is a Vape Crusader
"First, I'd like to say this ... So, this is called a vaporizer," Congressman Duncan Hunter said while exhaling from his vaporizer.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter from California is a vape crusader. He used his vape pen and a thick vape cloud during a Transportation Committee meeting Thursday.

The committee discussed an amendment to ban vaping on planes. And Duncan's device caused a little confusion.

"You spoke about vaping devices, but you did not say you oppose electronic cigarettes," Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said.

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UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., participates in the news conference with the Republican members of the California congressional delegation to discuss California water legislation in the Capitol on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is interviewed about his vaporizer pen in his Rayburn office, January 13, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., talks with attendees of a House Armed Services Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange, June 11, 2014. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, testified.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES â OCTOBER 13: Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., participates in a news conference with House Armed Services Committee Republicans about their formal recommendations on deficit reduction in a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 15: From left, Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Tom Price, R-Ga., John Fleming, R-La., Pete Olson, R-Texas, Tom Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-La., lower right, attend a news conference to call on President Obama to act on Gen. Stanley McChrystal's recommendations for Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2009. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., poses for a picture during republican baseball practice at Four Mile Run Park in Arlington, April 28, 2009. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) speaks to the media before a painting he found offensive and removed is rehung on the U.S. Capitol walls on January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The painting is part of a larger art show hanging in the Capitol and is by a recent high school graduate, David Pulphus, and depicts his interpretation of civil unrest in and around the 2014 events in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

"This is a personal vaporizer. We actually don't even call them electronic cigarettes anymore but they're not cigarettes," Hunter said.

"I did note that the gentleman did emit smoke from the vaporizer," Norton said.

"There's no smoke in this. There are no carcinogens. It's vapor," Hunter said.

"Vaping is moist air. Is that correct?" Rep. Bill Shuster asked. And what's a committee hearing on vaping without a weed joke?

"The other substances, by the way, can refer to what's legal in Oregon and Washington state," Hunter said.

"Maybe we'll just vote on it as is. We don't want to get into that discussion," Rep. Peter DeFazio said.

Or some clowning?

"The next thing we're going to do, we're going to ban hot air, we're going to ban bad breath and body odor. ... I've been on the floor before, talking to some of you, and had to take a step back," Shuster said.

The amendment passed, so vaporizers may soon be banned while you fly. Most airlines already ban them anyway.

But at least Duncan will have this moment to replay over and over.

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