Electronic cigarettes have been banned on the London transport network, without any consultation or even an announcement. The ban means anyone using the tobacco substitute will face a fine for vaping on trains, buses or the tube.
Transport for London (TfL) implemented the ban by changing the conditions of carriage in August. However, the public were not told of the change and as a result it only came to light in Evening Standard today.
E-cigarettes are seen as a safer alternative to smoking, but use of them is increasingly under attack from the health lobby, many of whom want significant regulations on their sale, advertisements and design.
TfL say they are warning passengers who use e-cigarettes but will fine them if they persist in using them. So far no fines have been issued.