Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LIRR Rules Allow E-Cigs, But LIRR Bans Them Anyway

Gothamist.com
Christopher Robbins
July 17, 2013

New York City--Looks like Stephen Dorff can't suck on his Blu to take the edge off that hellish train ride to the Hamptons. "The LIRR's Legal Department advises that we interpret the ban on lighted cigarettes on outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas of a terminal or station to apply to electronic cigarettes," the LIRR's VP for Public Affairs Joe Calderone writes in a letter to the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council.
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"The LIRR's ban on e-cigarette use is arbitrary and not based on the science," says Gregory Conley, an attorney and legislative director for The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, a group that promotes the use of e-cigs. "E-cigarettes do not burn anything, and therefore it is absurd to claim that the current law covers these products." Conley added that the association is exploring its legal options.

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