Transit Board Votes to Ban Electronic Cigarettes on Trains

Feb 13, 2015 9:28 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area transit board has voted unanimously to ban electronic cigarettes on its trains and stations.

KRON-TV reports the Bay Area Rapid Transit approved the ban Thursday but it won't enforce it right away.

BART will first update its signs at stations and on trains to ensure that riders know about the ordinance.

BART police will first give out warning tickets to e-cigarette users and will eventually impose penalties of up to $100 for first-time violators and $200 for second-time offenders.

BART users who have three offences in five years will face a penalty of $500.

The American Lung Association and others backed the measure.

Many e-cigarette users, or "vapers," use them as a lower-nicotine alternative to cigarettes.

Health officials say the potential long-term effects of e-cigs are not yet clear.


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