Florida's House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would ban AWOL ("Alcohol Without Liquid") machines.

The controversial AWOL machines enable consumers to inhale alcohol vapours.

As well as anti-alcohol campaigners, the machines are being opposed by many in the beverage drinks industry as well.

In a statement, Guy Smith, Diageo North America's executive vice president said: "Diageo strongly believes that AWOL machines should be banned in Florida and the rest of the country because of our concern that they could encourage alcohol abuse and drunk driving. We applaud the efforts of Representative Henriquez to prohibit the use and sale of AWOL machines in Florida and to raise awareness about the potential dangers of these machines. We urge the Senate to take action quickly."

Diageo said it is currently supporting similar legislation in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Diageo also supported this legislation in Kansas, where it passed the Legislature earlier this week.

In March this year, The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) threw its weight behind efforts to ban the AWOL machines.

In August last year, Spirit Partners announced that it has acquired the exclusive license to market the AWOL technology in the US.

The company has denied that it is an irresponsible product, saying it was "simply a fun, new, exciting way for adults to enjoy alcohol in a responsible manner."