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

Cigar smoker agrees to pay neighbors when he lights up

This is unusual: A cigar-smoker who was taken to court by his neighbors has agreed to pay them $2,000 every time he lights up, the New York Post reports.

That should settle a lawsuit filed by a couple who said that their neighbor’s cigar smoke was sickening their children, ages 6 and 3. They were experiencing [...]

Smokefree DC's letter to the Council urging defeat of Jack Evans exemption bill

Today, Smokefree DC sent the following letter to Councilmember David Catania (At Large), chair of the city’s health committee, and ccd the mayor and D.C. Council.

Note that the legislation introduced recently by Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) would apply to dozens of hotels, permitting dozens of exemptions to the smokefree workplaces law annually. This is [...]

Honduras goes smokefree

Honduras went smokefree today, and the law is more comprehensive than most laws in U.S. cities and states.

Not only does it require all indoor spaces to be smokefree, but it says that people shouldn’t smoke outside if they are within two meters of another person. Wish we had that here — bus stops would be [...]

Jack Evans’ arrogance knows no bounds

He’s at it again.

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) has introduced a bill to carve out a permanent exemption to the very popular smokefree workplaces law, which made all indoor workplaces smokefree.

You recall that Evans tried this last year. He was successful in pushing through “emergency” legislation to do a favor his friends in [...]

Strong smokefree law takes effect in Virgin Islands

Three cheers to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where a strong smokefree law took effect earlier this month.

The law covers not only bars and restaurants but areas within 20 feet of all outdoor public transportation stations and platform shelters. Hear that, Metro? It can be done.

The law also covers laundromats, schools, hotels, casinos, shopping centers and [...]

New York judge sides with nonsmoking tenant in lease dispute

Here’s a case that apartment management companies everywhere should pay attention to: A judge in Nassau County, N.Y., ruled that a nonsmoking tenant should be permitted to break her lease and pay reduced rent because her complaints about a smoking neighbor were not addressed.

The company had sued the tenant for $12,000 in unpaid rent. Here’s [...]

Not a good way to raise money for the state coffers

Well this is a boneheaded idea.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would let bar owners violate the smokefree workplaces law — for a price.

That’s right.┬áBill SB708 would allow for “smoking establishment permits” that would allow patrons of bars to light up. Permits would cost between $1,000 and $3,000.

The guy who introduced [...]

New York City makes parks, beaches smokefree

The New York City Council has voted overwhelmingly to make that city’s parks and beaches – including Times Square — smokefree.

We’re talking about 14 miles of beaches and 1,700 parks. The vote was 36-12, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (champion of smokefree workplaces and early pioneer in making big cities smokefree) is expected to sign it [...]