Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Virginia smokefree law takes effect tomorrow

At long last, Virginia’s smokefree workplaces law takes effect tomorrow, Dec. 1. 

This is good news for people who like to breathe clean air, but don’t jump up and down for joy yet; the law has loopholes in it that some may exploit to keep their establishments full of toxins. For instance, the law allows separately ventilated smoking areas and the penalty for violating it is just $25 – less than a DC parking ticket.

Still, we hope that restaurant and bar owners will do the right thing for their workers and patrons, and keep their places smokefree.

The Washington Post had a story about this today, but of course focused on the plight of the poor smoker. (Can someone please remind the reporters that smokefree laws don’t mean people have to stop smoking – that they merely have to step outside to smoke?) To the tavern owner who lamented the end of freedom as he knows it, and his inability to have a cigar at his bar if his sister becomes pregnant, I say, what about his pregnant sister? Doesn’ t he want restaurants to be safe for her too?

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