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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL SUPPORTS MASSACHUSETTS BILL TO BAN ALCOHOL VAPOR MACHINES-Hearing at 11 am today before Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee

January 24, 2006 07:00 PM
Boston, MA -- The Distilled Spirits Council submitted testimony today at a legislative hearing in support of a bill that would ban “alcohol without liquid” devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. Senate Bill 2311, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative John Quinn, would prohibit the purchase or use of these devices, also known as “AWOL” machines. Under the bill, penalties include a fine up to $200 and/or imprisonment up to six months. “Senator Montigny and Representative Quinn have made it clear they do not want this device available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and we support their decision,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, who noted that eight states have passed laws banning AWOL machines. Cressy, the former chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, pointed to the AWOL company’s web site which calls the device “the ultimate party toy!” The site states that this method of inhaling alcohol “reduces the effects of a hangover,” eliminating “the dreaded hangover.” “This device is being marketed and sold as a party toy,” said Cressy. “Our industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol.” Cressy stated that the distilled spirits industry is committed to fighting the irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. He pointed to the work of The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers, which has programs available for communities to fight underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information regarding these programs, visit www.centurycouncil.org. CONTACT: Public Affairs Department Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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