Senate votes to ban alcohol vaporizers

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 12:44 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate approved a ban on possessing machines that turn alcoholic drinks into a mist that can be inhaled.

The Senate voted 31-0 on Thursday to bar using alcohol vaporizers that heat or vibrate a drink to turn it into a breathable mist. Sponsoring Sen. Luann Ridgeway, a Republican from Smithville, said the alcohol vaporizers are dangerous.

Several states have moved to ban the machines over safety concerns because they claim that the users don't have time to feel the effects of the alcohol before it enters their bloodstream.

There was little debate and no opposition voiced in the Senate over Ridgeway's legislation, and it now goes to the House.


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