Philly student inspires legislation that bans smoking in bus shelters

Anna Nguyen inspired a bill that bans smoking in bus shelters and testified in support of the bill.

Pat Loeb
May 13, 2018 - 3:30 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Philadelphia city council committee, last week, voted in favor of a ban on smoking in bus shelters, and a Masterman student is getting the credit. The student inspired the bill and testified in support of it.

"Good afternoon, members of City Council."

Anna Nguyen showed the same poise and confidence in her position in City Council as she did in class, the day councilman Al Taubenberger came to visit. As Taubenberger recalled, she asked him to take a position on smoking in bus shelters.

"I said, 'well, I'm opposed to it," Taubenberger said. "And I said, 'there must be legislation, but I will check into it.' Well, there is none."

So Taubenberger introduced a bill that adds enclosed bus stops to the list of places you're not allowed to smoke. Nguyen told the committee how the lack of a ban affects her daily bus ride to school.

"I cough a lot," she said. "I have trouble breathing and sometimes throw up because of the looming cigarette smoke when I am waiting."

Nguyen noted she's just one of thousands of people with lung conditions who take public transit.

The bill passed unanimously and now goes to the full council.