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

Tobacco use is leading cause of preventable death in D.C.

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the District of Columbia, a new report by the city’s Department of Health finds.

According to the report, nearly half of all deaths in the District are preventable. Tobacco use is responsible for a third of preventable deaths and 16.6 percent of all deaths in D.C.

Other causes [...]

New thirdhand smoke study underscores need for smokefree areas

That funky smell that stays in a room where someone has been smoking earlier isn’t just a bad odor. It likely indicates the presence of carcinogens.

A new report about thirdhand smoke – the lingering residue of tobacco smoke – underscores the need for indoor areas to be 100 percent smokefree.

The study, done by the Lawrence [...]

D.C. Council approves sidewalk smoking provision

It’s official: If you own a business in D.C. and are having a problem with secondhand smoke drifting inside from smokers outside, you can post “no smoking” signs outside.
The D.C. Council today approved the so-called “sidewalk smoking” provision — a few lines tucked in a much longer bill (18-428) designed to curb tobacco use by minors. [...]

Amazing statistics

From Sunday’s New York Times:

Number of people in the U.S. who smoke: 46 million

Percentage who want to quit, according to government surveys: about 70 percent

Percentage of smokers who try to quit every year: 40 percent

Percentage of smokers who try to quit and success: 2.5 percent