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

Go Bloomberg!

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make the city’s parks, playground, beaches, boardwalks, plazas and other outdoor spaces smokefree. All of them.

Three cheers to Bloomberg! He knows that just because it’s outside doesn’t mean that people who are near smokers don’t inhale the carcinogens.

Bloomberg, who spent a lot of political capital when he first got into office making the city’s restaurants and bars smokefree (a measure that was wildly popular and successful, and which many of us in the smokefree movement noted when lobbying for our own cities to do the same), it asking the City Council to consider the idea. According to The New York Times, it would cover “all 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities, and 14 miles of city beaches, as well as boardwalks, public marinas and the public pedestrian malls and plazas.”

How awesome is that!

Bloomberg cited research showing that if you are sitting outside within three feet of a smoker, you will be exposed to about the same amount of secondhand smoke as someone sitting inside who also is situated three feet away from the smoker. Secondhand smoke causes cancer and cardiovascular problems, and aggravates respiratory illnesses. The Surgeon General has found that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Here’s what the mayor said:

When New Yorkers and visitors go to parks and beaches for fresh air, there will actually be fresh air for them to breathe. Most people don’t like their beaches being used as ashtrays.

Hmm. Soon-To-Be-Elect D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has always been a staunch supporter of smokefree environments. I wonder if he would take something like this on?

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