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

Sidewalk signage measure takes effect

A provision allowing Washington, D.C., businesses to post no-smoking signs and thereby ensure secondhand smoke doesn’t drift into their buildings is now in effect.

The provision, which is part of a larger bill to curb teen smoking, gives a property owner or ground-floor commercial tenant the right to post a sign asking people not to smoke [...]

North Carolina residents love new smokefree law

It always happens this way:  A city or state considers passing a smokefree workplace law that includes bars and restaurants. A hue and cry ensues. There is much debate, and some predict the end of civilization as we know it if the measure is enacted.

Then the measure passes. The sky, amazingly, doesn’t fall. Restaurants and [...]

Coming to New York City: smokefree parks?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering making parks and beaches smokefree, The New York Times reports. Not only for health reasons — secondhand smoke drifts, he notes — but for litter reasons too (I’ve never quite understood why smokers who toss butts on the ground think the world is their ashtray).

“When you ask [...]

78.9 percent of U.S. population covered by smokefree laws

Whew. It’s been a busy couple of weeks … I was in upstate New York for a week, enjoying the scenery and being totally unplugged, swimming and canoeing and hiking. Yes, the whole state is smokefree, which is great of course. Returned to a pile of work.

Our friends at Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights have been [...]