HARTFORD, CT – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today praised Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell for signing into law DISCUS-supported legislation banning “alcohol without liquid” devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. “Governor Rell and Connecticut lawmakers have made it clear they do not want this device in the state and we commend their resolve to pass this law,” said DISCUS Vice President Jay Hibbard, who earlier testified in support of House Bill 5668 during a hearing of the General Law Committee in March. H.B. 5668, effective October 1, prohibits the sale, purchase or possession of these devices, also known as “AWOL” machines. Under the new law, a person who violates the law would be fined up to $1000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. Hibbard 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 Hibbard. “Our industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol.” Hibbard noted that seventeen state legislatures including Connecticut have already passed laws banning AWOL machines, while legislation is still pending in seven states. Hibbard 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.