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In this photo taken Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Will Braaten, exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Vapor Spot in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Bloomberg) — Passengers on commercial flights in the U.S. won’t be allowed to use e-cigarettes under a regulation designed to protect people from the devices’ second-hand vapor.

The Department of Transportation said it considers e-cigarettes to be equivalent to smoking, which is already banned on airliners, according to an e-mailed release Wednesday.

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