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

Heart attacks dropped after Mass. smokefree law took effect

Fatal heart attacks dropped by 7.4 percent after Massachusetts implemented its smokefree workplace law in 2004, according to a study coming out next month in the American Journal of Public Health. The law prevents 270 deaths from heart attacks annually, the authors conclude.

Some communities in Massachusetts already had smokefree laws before the statewide law passed; [...]

Campaign to curb secondhand smoke outside AU buildings gains momentum

Noah Jacobs, an American University grad student who produced a film about the lack of clarity and enforcement of the school’s rules prohibiting smoking outside buildings, is making progress.

An Oct. 11 story in the Eagle, AU’s student newspaper, notes that more specific signs have been posted in some spots — and that students have abided [...]

Burger joint closes after court battle over exhaust fumes

An interesting item is in the Washington City Paper blog today. Rogue States, a popular burger place on Connecticut Avenue just south of Dupont Circle, will close after losing a court battle over its exhaust fumes, which apparently permeated nearby offices.

And not just any nearby offices; these  house the legal powerhouse Steptoe and Johnson. We’re [...]

Washington Post slams Virginia tobacco control efforts

In an editorial published over the weekend, The Washington Post slammed Virginia for its tobacco control efforts and praised Maryland for doing everything right.

Maryland has hit “the trifecta of policy choices,” the Post said. It raised tobacco taxes, invested in a smoking prevention program and passed a strong smokefree workplace law.

Virginia, on the other hand, [...]

More smokefree cities to add to the list

Good news for smokefree air champions: Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has updated its information about smokefree jurisdictions, adding more than two dozen to the list.

The organization now counts 3,173 U.S. municipalities a smokefree indoor air law is in effect, 902 of which provide complete protection for non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars.

Check out ANR’s new information.