Thursday, February 26, 2009

The prospect of electronic cigarettes being allowed on airplanes was named Partnership for Prevention's Worst Idea of the Week, while the prospect of New Hampshire joining the other 49 states in adopting a mandatory seat belt law was named the Best Idea of the Week.

The Best/Worst honors are a regular feature of Prevention Matters. Each week, Partnership for Prevention's staff will choose the designees based on nominations of items in the previous week’s news submitted by members, staff and the public at large. To submit a nomination or for more information, contact Damon Thompson at .

E-Cigs to Restore Lighting Up on Airplanes?

A Belgian company hopes its "electronic cigarette" once again makes lighting up part of the in-flight experience. SuperSmoker says its electronic cigarette delivers nicotine through tobacco-flavored vapor without the annoying smoke of a true cigarette, which means "this device can't be placed under the smoking prohibition" that bars smoking on flights. The smokeless cigs were launched in Europe last spring, and now SuperSmoker says it is talking to at least one unnamed airline about allowing the battery-powered butts aboard long-haul flights. It also will be showing off the technology at the Aircraft Interiors Expo next month.

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Despite “Live Free or Die” Motto, New Hampshire May Adopt Seat Belt Law

Legislators in the “Live Free or Die” state may soon trade a bit of their citizens’ independence for a pot of gold from Washington, D.C. The New Hampshire House of Representative recently voted 197 to 155 to adopt a mandatory seat belt law for all automobile drivers and passengers. New Hampshire is the only state not to have either a primary or secondary seat belt law for adults.

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