Sen. Boxer Praises BART Board Decision to Ban e-Cigarettes

January 29, 2015 14:30 pm · 22 comments

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday praised the BART Board of Directors for moving to ban electronic cigarettes in BART trains and stations, citing new research that reveals health concerns about the vaporized tobacco products.

In a letter to BART board President Thomas Blalock, Boxer, D-California, cited the presence of chemicals like nicotine and formaldehyde present in e-cigarette vapor that pose a risk to health.

“Research has raised major concerns about secondhand exposure to e-cigarette vapor,” Boxer wrote. “This is particularly relevant in small, enclosed spaces such as trains and stations, leading the World Health Organization to recommend that steps be taken to end the use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.”

Boxer’s letter comes the same day that the California Department of Public Health issued a health advisory about e-cigarettes, warning use of the products is rising for teens and young adults and exposure to the vapor could lead to cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

E-cigarettes contain at least 10 chemicals known to the state of California to cause health problems, according to the health department. It plans to take steps to reduce e-cigarette use through education and advertising campaigns.

The BART board voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in the BART system at its meeting last Thursday. The board said it had received complaints of e-cigarettes on the system, prompting them to introduce the regulations.

The new restrictions are expected to be finalized at the board’s Feb. 12 meeting.

Elwood January 29, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Why can’t this obnoxious dwarf just fade into the sunset?

Bart Rider January 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

It won’t matter. They don’t even enforce the no smoking ban. I see people smoking on the platform almost daily.

good bart finally January 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Personally it was hideous to have to sit next to these people smoking on the train, puffing away the whole time. I am glad they passed this.

MeCrazyWoman January 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Seriously, why don’t they address the real issues with BART that affect us every day. Overcrowded trains, delays and homeless people sleeping on the seats.

thx4youropinion January 29, 2015 at 3:24 PM

BART has banned no drinks, no eating, no this, no that.

Boxer: Instead of praising BART for their newest decision, chastise them for not enforcing passenger compliance with everything else they’ve “banned.”

You know as well as I that it’s nothing more than “busy work,” like politicians do, to pretend that they’re doing their jobs.

Dee January 29, 2015 at 3:36 PM

I agree with Elwood! She is a royal pain in the ass and is not happy unless she along with a few others are dreaming up ways to gain more and more control of out lives like we have no brains to think for ourselves Well I do think for my self and will not drink her Kool Aide or anyone else’s for that matter. She is a little troll.

Atticus Thraxx January 29, 2015 at 3:41 PM

As the ship sinks, the band keeps playing. Almost oblivious.

concord January 29, 2015 at 3:46 PM

BART is so gross lately. You never hear the Board talking about the homeless issue which is no longer being enforced by BART despite all their advertising to the contrary. BART has become just a miserable, miserable way to get to SF from the East Bay. Driving to SF is also ridiculous thanks to more poor planning by the County of SF after they took down all the freeway exits. BART’s Board seriously needs to pay attention to the current state of the system. What a waste of taxpayer dollars banning something that should already be against the law. By the way, they smoke regular cigs on the trains too.

just a concordian January 29, 2015 at 4:35 PM

cigs, ecigs, pot. As for smells, forget the homeless, how about the black guy, YES, BLACK GUY that smells like a dozen angry skunks peed on him.

Michelle(original) January 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM

There’s always been no smoking, eating or drinking on Bart. But the patrons continue to do so. This is why I don’t ride Bart.

Starfish January 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Poor little troll, no more weed for you.

tired of taxes January 29, 2015 at 5:17 PM

When was the last time Boxer took the BART?

Also, last time I checked, cleaning products used to clean the BART vehicles also contained chemicals known to the state of California to cause health problems.

The Realist January 29, 2015 at 5:40 PM

As I look at the label of my roommate’s ecig package: water, glycerin, nicotine, propylene glycol, and artificial flavorings. So where are these deadly chemicals they are spouting about? (Besides nicotine, duh, plus can’t be that poisonous, it was used as a pesticides on food we ate for years).
Just more Jenny MacArthie paranoia poppycock.

Bro C January 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM

next thing ya know they will outlaw pot,

Jerk January 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Ah yes! Another “LAW” because some MORON lacks common courtesy.

RANDOM TASK January 29, 2015 at 8:01 PM

@15 TY exactly …that is the problem no one sees ….no on eis held accountable for their actions

The pope. January 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

A Hero for those with an IQ above 100.
Thank You, Barbara Boxer.

Others, please quit reproducing.

Dee January 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

Also if they “vape” with a vape stick as I call them, the liquid can be purchased with NO nicotine in it. I do feel that the age should be 18 tho to purchase any of it

Justin January 29, 2015 at 8:42 PM

So many people complaining here. This is a good decision regardless of the other problems.

Sad bunch.

Frambley1 January 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Where did anyone ever get the idea that tobacco and its products become dangerous when they are burned? Tobacco soaks up radiation when it is growing. And then when its products (and I believe all nicotine is derived from tobacco) are ingested it damages cells causing diseases like cancer. So I can’t see why anyone would think the vaping fumes are any less lethal than standard cigarettes. If the damage was caused by smoke, then people who chew tobacco wouldn’t get mouth and throat cancer.

Oh, and BART is a fine system. Its fairly clean. There is very little smoking and eating. And the only thing that ever annoyed me were the able bodied 20 something males who thought they were most deserving of a seat. And also the father and sons musicians who play Beatles songs to raise money for some medical thing.

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM


I get your PC one liners in full non-offensive fashion, but for once do expand on your position. At least explain how making another law: NO SMOKING is anything more than political posturing in the last few of her 15 minutes.

The floor is all yours.

CouncilmanDavis January 30, 2015 at 8:30 PM

E-cigarettes should be the LEAST of Barts concerns. Just sayin.

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