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

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 into law.

The reason for the move? Secondhand smoke is a known health hazard. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

It would be great if Washington, D.C., followed suit.

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