BATON ROUGE, LA – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today praised Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco for signing into law legislation banning “alcohol without liquid” devices that allow consumers to inhale alcohol by mixing alcohol with pure oxygen. “Governor Blanco and Louisiana 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 Dale Szyndrowski, noting that seventeen state legislatures have already passed laws banning “AWOL” machines, including Louisiana. “These devices glorify intoxication and send the wrong message.” H.B. 122, sponsored by Representative Taylor Townsend (D-Natchitoches), makes it illegal for a person to sell, deliver, give away, purchase, possess, or use an alcohol vaporizing machine and anyone violating this law may be fined up to $500 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months. Szyndrowski 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 Szyndrowski. “Our industry deplores any attempt to encourage reckless consumption of alcohol.” Szyndrowski 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.