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

D.C. Council passes exemption to smokefree law - again

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Here’s what the D.C. Council didn’t do today: It didn’t entirely repeal the broad exemption to the smokefree workplaces law that it passed “inadvertently” last month. The language would have permitted 79 hotels to have one cigar-smoking event each year.

But Fight Night, a charity fundraiser, will get to have cigar-smoking at its next event.

The language appears to both attempt to grant the exemption to a class of hotels of which there are 25 in the city while simultaneously attempt to limit the exemption to Fight Night. We are trying to get clarity on it.

The silver lining? Two councilmembers voted along with Councilmember Phil Mendelson’s measure to put the smokefree workplaces law back to where it was before the Council started messing with it. They are Jim Graham (Ward 1) and Mary Cheh (Ward 3). A big thanks to them for doing the right thing.

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