KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Smokers were never allowed to light up on a city bus in Kansas City. Now an ordinance will extend that ban to e-cigarettes.
Smoking is hard habit to kick, and it’s no different for Jim Schreckhise.
"I smoked ever since I was 16-years-old," said Schreckhise.
He’s now 57. On occasion, Schreckhise will use an e-cigarette. But it never occurred to him to vape on a city bus. After all, there’s a sign that says 'no smoking.' He said he never used an e-cigarette on a bus because he was afraid of getting fined.
That would not have happened, because there was no ordinance in Kansas City, Mo. that prohibits using an e-cigarette on city buses until now. The smoking ban will also include e-cigarettes on buses and at bus stops.
Councilman John sharp proposed the ordinance at the request of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. He told us that there were instances where passengers used e-cigs on buses causing a distraction for drivers.
Under the proposed ban, the bus driver can pull over and ask a person to get off if they choose to use an e-cig while on the bus.
Although a smoker and frequent vapor, Schreckhise agrees with the ban.
The ban proposal will be presented next Wednesday at the city's public safety meeting.