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

Making your apartment building smokefree: a how-to guide

Are you wondering how to make your apartment building smokefree?

The Non-Smokers’ Rights Association in Canada has developed a detailed guide to developing and implementing a smokefree policy in an apartment building. Although it is geared toward apartment managers, condo owners and residents who want to enact change in their buildings will find it useful as well.

Steps range from conducting [...]

Mississippi makes smokefree push

The Mississippi health department is launching a campaign to educate that state’s residents about the dangers of secondhand smoke. The point of the two-year campaign, a state health official told the Clarion-Ledger, is to build for support for a comprehensive smokefree air law.

According to state data, secondhand smoke exposure kills 550 Mississippi residents annually. The government [...]

Mass. Ave. apartment building goes smokefree

Good news: A new apartment building on Massachusetts Avenue is making itself smokefree from the start.

Better news: The building owners, Equity Residential, views this as a selling point, and touts it on its website.

More info. is on UrbanTurf: The building, located at Massachusetts Avenue and Fourth Street NW, has two towers and 559 units. Read the comments [...]

Virgin Islands goes smokefree

The Virgin Islands is going smokefree.

Gov. John deJohng Jr. has signed a bill that makes all public indoor spaces and workplaces smokefree, including bars and restaurants.

The only problem: According to the Virgin Islands Daily News, deJohng wants to tinker with the definition of “enclosed area.”

Let’s hope he doesn’t water down the law.

How to make a condo complex smokefree

If you are a condo owner and need some guidance about making your complex smokefree, here’s one resource to check out: “How to Make a Condo Complex Smokefree” from the Technical Legal Assistance Center, which is funded by the California Department of Health.

While the details pertain to California law, the overall advice is sound no [...]

New study: Most kids in apartments are exposed to smoke, even if they don't live with smokers

Children who live in apartments are exposed to secondhand smoke even if they live with non-smokers, according to a new study from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Researchers found that an astounding 84 percent of kids who lived in apartments had been exposed to tobacco smoke.

Amazingly, 70 percent of children in detached housing had  been exposed [...]