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Decision to Ban E Cigs on Trains Slammed by Lobbying Groups


Decision to Ban E Cigs on Trains Slammed by Lobbying Groups

The decision to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on many of the country’s trains has been branded ‘ludicrous’ by opponents and detractors.

Many of the country’s busiest train operators in including Greater Anglia, First Capital Connect and C2C have outlawed vaping on their trains, angering passengers. Commuters in particular have been affected by this decision, being forced to spend upwards of 15 hours a week without their e cig devices. Many station platforms have moved to uphold the ban, including all stations in Essex.

The move has also received backlash surprisingly from both pro-smoking and anti-smoking lobbying groups.

Pro-smoking group Forest have been swift in their criticism, branding the move a negative step.

Forest campaign manager, Angela Harbutt, revealed: "This will only spore fear and rumour. The idea that e-cigarettes are being banned on trains is absolutely ludicrous.

"The only justification that has emerged thus far is that using one just happens to look a bit like smoking. People are being confused into thinking electronic cigarettes are harmful, and this ban is just pure hysteria. It's deeply sad for consumers of these products and for the greater health of this country."

A spokesperson for the anti-smoking group ASH, Martin Dockrell, echoed these sentiments claiming there could be no scope for confusion when differentiating between electronic cigarettes and traditional tobacco products.

Respected news outlet The Huffington Post has ran a poll this week asking readers whether they believe that this ban should be upheld with almost a third opposing the move.

This ire may be intensified in the coming weeks with Transport for London, the group which operates all of the transport in the capital, considering a similar ban. This will include all rail lines, bus routes and the London Underground. Smoking cigarettes has been banned on the London Underground since 1984. Every year, there are more than 1 billion passengers on the London Underground alone.   

23rd August 2013, 15:01