The MTA has a gripe with strap-hangers who smoke, and just as they’ve stuck to their word regarding this form of nuisance among commuters, they have also taken the initiative to ban e-cigarettes as well. Although electronic cigarettes emit water vapors and not smoke, no matter the case, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will not permit them on LIRR or Metro-North trains, as first reported by 1010 WINS’ very own Glenn Schuck this past Sunday morning.
As for the commuters, there are a few who also don’t like the idea of e-cigarettes on trains:
“Other people are uncomfortable. It should be about the comfort of the masses,” one female commuter said. And she continues, “Smoking is smoking. If you’re going to ban it, let them ban it across the board.”
There have already been restrictions set in place statewide on electronic cigarettes, as last year Governor Andrew Cuomo went on ahead and signed a ban on the sale of the devices to anyone under 18 years of age, and made it illegal to smoke them within 100 feet of entrances to public or private schools. Hopefully it’s good riddance to e-cigs–it really does get under your skin…