The infrastructure investment and Employment Act drafted by a group of senators from both parties in the United States contains a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in government-owned railway services, which is also President Joe Biden's favorite mode of transportation.
"Amtrak should prohibit smoking on all Amtrak trains, including the use of electronic cigarettes," the Bill said‘ The term 'electronic cigarette' refers to a device that delivers nicotine or other substances in the form of steam to the user of the device, who inhales the device to simulate the smoking experience. "
According to the Washington Examiner, Amtrak has formulated a policy to prohibit smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes on trains, but the bill will incorporate this provision into law.
Delaware Democratic senators Tom Carper and del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non voting representative in Congress, had previously taken the lead in promoting the formulation of a smoking ban law for Amtrak.
"In 2021, smoking is not allowed in closed public places such as train cars. As a passenger who takes American Railway almost every day, I support their smoking ban policy and even propose legislation with Congresswoman Norton to make the policy a federal law, "kaper said in a statement in June“ I think we all agree that it's time to ban smoking on passenger trains. "
The text of the bill was released on Sunday evening, including US $6.57 billion for Amtrak, US $12.65 billion for the construction of the Northeast railway corridor connecting Washington, D.C. and Boston, and US $12.65 billion for Amtrak's national network. Another $36 billion will be allocated for the federal state cooperative railway, of which $24 billion will be used for the Northeast corridor.