With the growing use of electronic cigarettes and other vapor devices, TAPS Public Transit is making an effort to clarify its policy on use of the devices on its vehicles. In accordance with agency policy and existing Rider Rules, e-cigarettes are not allowed.
Josh Walker, Director of Safety and Security at TAPS said the agency is following the guidelines suggested by the Federal Transportation Agency that groups the electronic smoking devices with traditional smoking. “Until such time as the Federal Drug Administration rules on e-cigarettes, TAPS Public Transit will not allow their use on our vehicles,” said Walker.
“We think that providing a non-smoking environment makes sense in what is an enclosed area shared by riders with different ideas about the effects of e-cigarette vapors.”
TAPS policy defines “smoking” as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, in any manner or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking.
The revised rule to include electronic cigarettes and alternative smoking methods is effective immediately.