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

Update: D.C. Council vote on smokefree law exemption was an 'accident'

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Here’s an update on the enormous exemption the D.C. Council created in the city’s smokefree workplaces law: They claim it was an accident.


They meant to vote to approve just an exemption for two events a year, Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) told my colleague, Bob Summersgill. In fact, the Council [...]

Sneak attack on smokefree law


Without any public notice or input, the D.C. Council blew a hole on Tuesday in the really popular smokefree workplaces law. By a 12-1 vote on an amendment to the budget, they said that certain hotels could be exempt from the law one night a year.

What a huge disservice to hotel workers. What contempt for [...]

Who knew? Bill Gates cares about secondhand smoke

Microsoft founder Bill Gates was in China recently, and guess what he was doing?

No, he wasn’t talking computers or touting an education initiative. He was talking about secondhand smoke. Specifically, he was raising awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in a country with a sky-high smoking rate. Said Gates, “Both [traditional and online media] [...]