Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public

But while health experts largely agree that the vapor from e-cigarettes poses less of a threat to public health than tobacco cigarettes, some worry that welcoming the so-called clean nicotine could erode smoking bans, encourage smokers to trade one addiction for another and hook nonsmokers. Shifting entirely over to vaping from smoking would be a big public health plus, said Robert Proctor, a history of science professor at Stanford University. But the question of whether e-cigarettes are good or bad isnt that simple. Supplanting cigarettes?
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MTA Extends Commuter Train Smoking Ban To E-Cigarettes

As 1010 WINS Glenn Schuck reported Sunday morning, electronic cigarettes emit a water vapor and not smoke, but no matter the Metropolitan Transportation Authority does not want them on the LIRR or Metro-North trains. MTA Extends Commuter Train Smoking Ban To E-Cigarettes 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck Reports The agency wants no smoking of any kind. Brianna, who rides every day from Merrick, said the policy suits her just fine. Smoking, I dont want smoking on the trains, she said. Even though defenders of electronic cigarettes point out they are not blowing smoke in anyones face, Brianna said train cars still are not the place for the devices. Let them do it off the train, she said.
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