In case you were wondering, e-cigarettes are banned on CTA buses, trains and other properties.
A CTA spokesperson confirmed this for me after an inquiry from Tattler reader John. He said he confronted a person smoking an e-cigarette on a bus:
We had a short altercation and he stopped smoking and actually got off the bus before his regular stop. Guess he did not appreciate my prediction about his medical future and my rebuttal that he was misinformed that e-cigarettes are not harmful to one's health.
The spokesperson said in response to my query about the the policy:
E-cigarette consumption, like smoking, is prohibited on CTA property and, as you know, the city banned it in indoor places earlier this year, which would include the inside of a bus. If your reader has specific info, such as bus route, time of day and bus number, I’m glad to report that to our bus operations management.
So John, if you can help with that, have at it.
Meanwhile, I confronted a "regular smoker" on the Red Line recently. It was just me and two other guys left on my car that day when I smelled cigarette smoke. I asked: "Are you going to put that out or do I have to call the motorman."
They just laughed at me, so I called the motorman.
The motorman was great.
He immediately announced a few times on the PA system:
"There is no smoking on this train. If you don't put it out now I will stop the train and ask you to leave."
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