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

AMA -- the Australian one -- calls for smokefree outdoor venues

I must admit that when I ran across a news item on ABC online about the AMA calling for outdoor venues to be smokefree, I thought “Whoa! This is big news!”

Turns out it was the Australian Medical Association mentioned in an item on the Australian Broadcasting Company Web site. That AMA has called for major [...]

Update: California parks measure heads to governor

The California Assembly has approved a measure to make all 278 state parks and beaches smokefree. Now it heads to the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature.

Let’s hope that despite his cigar habit, the governor will do the right thing and sign the measure.

The next frontier in California: smokefree state parks

The California Assembly votes tomorrow on a measure that would make all state parks smokefree. The idea is to cut the unsightly butts, curb the chance of fire and get rid of the secondhand smoke. Parking lots and campgrounds would not be included.

If it becomes law, California would be the first state to make its state [...]

Fenty disappoints: He signs cigar exemption, condemns workers to smoke-filled rooms

We just got word that Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed “emergency” legislation that will allow cigar smoking at two upcoming hotel events.

Shame on the mayor for letting down the hotel workers who will have to breathe toxins on those nights. And shame on the mayor for forcing workers to choose between their health and a [...]

Smokefree DC to mayor: Veto Evans bill

Smokefree DC has asked Mayor Adrian Fenty to veto the emergency bill passed last week by the D.C. Council that would grant a temporary exemption to the smokefree law.

Fenty, who was a strong supporter of the smokefree bill when he was on the Council, has 10 days from the day he receives the bill from [...]

Victory! Monday hearing cancelled

Monday’s D.C. Health Committee hearing on a permanent exemption to the smokefree law has been cancelled, and there appears to be no plan to hear the legislation anytime soon. 
 
It is likely that all the emails sent by smokefree supporters this week prompted this. Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) and his pals at the Friendly Sons of [...]

Update: Council agrees to Evans request

Today, the D.C. Council told the electorate: We don’t take seriously the laws we pass.
 
The Council did this when it voted to allow an exemption to the smokefree workplaces law for Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 1). Evans is a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, which wants to smoke cigars at its annual event. [...]

Evans tries to weaken D.C.’s smokefree law

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) has introduced “emergency” legislation being considered today that would permit groups to smoke cigars at certain events (he is a member of one group that wants to do this on St. Patrick’s Day).
 
The Examiner has a pretty comprehensive story on it.

We urge smokefree supporters to contact the Council at [...]