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 within 25 feet of the building.
Last year, Smokefree DC was getting phone calls from people who were in office buildings where secondhand smoke was drifting in through windows and doors – thereby violating the smokefree workplaces act, which is designed to protect workers in indoor work spaces from secondhand smoke. Smokefree DC contacted D.C. Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who came up with this solution and put it in the larger bill.
While the bill has no enforcement mechanism, we are counting on smokers to be considerate of those who wish to breathe clean air and will not smoke where the signs are posted.