E-cigarette Ban at London Midland Stations Goes into Effect
As of December 1st, 2015, passengers and staff members are banned from using electronic cigarettes in London Midland stations, depots, offices, or trains.
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Warwickshire, England. December 1, 2015 – Today, a ban on electronic cigarette usage goes into effect for 147 different train stations across the county of Warwickshire, England.
The ban will be enforced in all of London Midland’s offices, stations, trains, and depots, and will join similar bans that have been enacted by other train operators in the area. Some of the most popular affected stations include Bedworth, Nuneaton, Stratford, Atherstone, Kenilworth, and Stratford Parkway.
The ban has been met with mixed reactions. Some people have voiced their support, while others disapproval. Social media has been on-fire with responses to the ban.
It’s said that London Midland consulted their staff and customers before the decision was made, and that their findings supported their decision.
There have been many reasons given for the ban. One spokesperson for London Midland said that “E-cigarettes produce a vapour to mimic smoke and can look very similar to the real thing,” and that as their usage has increased, “so have instances of conflict and confusion among customers and colleagues when E-cigarette users 'light up'.”
London Midland is not the first train operator to enact such a ban. In fact, they were actually one of the few remaining who allowed vaping in their stations before the ruling took effect, so we necessarily say that we didn't see this coming.
The official press release was published on London Midland’s website on November 19th, 2015, and the ban has taken affect as of today—December 1st, 2015.
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