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

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 paycheck. This measure places the health and safety of hotel employees at risk, as well as that of all attendees.

By signing this bill, Mayor Fenty has given in to Council cronyism (Jack Evans sought this exemption for his own club, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick) and tells the electorate that the city does not take seriously its own laws.

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