On Thursday, something truly unique happened during an otherwise dry legislative session. A GOP U.S. representative from California, Duncan Hunter, whipped out his vaping pen while speaking to the Transport Committee. Gawker captured the moment in a Vine that will play on repeat for days.
Duncan has a mission, for he seeks to destroy current efforts to ban vaping during plane travel. Hunter will not let this potential injustice stand. He vaped a massive, dank cloud while informing his (presumably) shocked audience about his antics. “So, this is called a … this is called a vaporizer,” he says as his seat buddy’s hand waves away the clouds. We can’t see the offscreen facial expression, but it probably matches the irritation of those digits.
Some people consider vaping clouds as noxious as second-hand smoke, so those folks would label this gesture as rude. However, this isn’t the first time Hunter has stood up for vaping rights. He recently addressed Nancy Pelosi in a letter when she tried to take down public vaping:
“Yes, I vape – as do millions of other Americans. And why do I vape? It is because it prevents me from smoking the real thing. E-cigarettes are a suitable alternative to cigarettes, and they could very well save my life, as well as the lives of so many Americans who are making their best effort to quit cigarettes.”
Well, no one can accuse Hunter of not committing to his cause. During Thursday’s session, Hunter said, “For freedom’s sake … I would urge my friends and colleagues to oppose this amendment.” Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio — who also vapes like a pro and recently had his fun stolen by the Oscars — just started paying attention to legislative sessions. Leo doesn’t care what those nerdy doctors say, and neither does Hunter.
Hey, do you think Leo’s called Marty Scorsese yet? This story could provide a nice follow-up adaptation to his ordeal with a bear. C’mon, Hollywood.
For context’s sake, here’s a better view of the Transport Committee’s meeting.