We never thought we would see the day where a U.S. Congress man or woman would be using a vaporizer during a congressional hearing. We were wrong. To our surprise, Duncan Hunter, a republican representative from San Diego County, CA, is officially the first politician to vape on the job. Congressman Hunter got some serious online media attention this past week when he was vaping on-record during a Transport Committee session. There is even a GIF on Vine of Representative Hunter producing some epic vapor clouds with his heavy-duty personal vaporizer.
Minus the excruciating state taxes in many parts of California, the team at V2 knew we liked the state of California… now we know why! Not only does Representative Duncan have no problem vaping on the job, he proclaimed his vaporizer support two months ago in a letter to House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi; protesting her efforts to suppress a policy rider that would have protected the vapor industry. In the letter, Duncan explained that like most vapers, e-cigarettes and vaporizers helped him quite smoking tobacco products.
We’re excited to know there are at least a few elected officials who actually understand and support vaporizer products for what they are: a reliable, adult alternative to combustible tobacco. Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was frequently caught on camera using his vaporizer in the House chambers. During his tenure as Speaker, Boehner was active in fighting a variety of proposed bills designed to essentially outlaw vaping.
Representative Duncan is a young (39-years-old) and seemingly forward-thinking politician. We hope that more V2 vaporizer enthusiasts get involved in United States politics and vote for informed local and federal officials.
In the meantime, government regulation has made it so you can’t vape in your local park or on a plane, but congress is free to vape during committee meetings in buildings built with taxpayer dollars. If you know another local, state or federal elected official who supports the right to vape, make sure to share it with us in the comment section below. Share this blog post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter in honor of vaporizer fans everywhere!