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

D.C. Council to consider smokefree playground bill

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Smoke-free playgrounds?

That would definitely be a step in the right direction here in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange this week introduced a bill that would make areas near playgrounds smoke-free.

According to the bill text sent to us by Orange’s office, the measure would:

prohibit smoking within 25 feet of [...]

Update: Montgomery County Council extends protections for non-smokers

Update: The Montgomery County Council today extended protections for non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Way to go!

One of the provisions of the measure makes bus stops smokefree.

Will the District follow suit? It should.

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen, who sponsored the measure, noted:

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. We are stewards of public [...]

Montgomery County Council to make county property smokefree

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday will consider making almost all county-owned property smokefree.  The measure is anticipated to pass.

It should.

The measure would protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke at bus stops and bus shelters. The Falls Road golf course would be exempt.

Fairfax County made bus shelters smokefree in 2010. Once Montgomery County approves this measure, [...]

Editorial: The gun control movement should take a page from the smokefree movement

Here’s a great editorial from the Christian Science Monitor: “Answers to Gun Violence May Lie in Nonsmoking Campaigns.”

The piece notes that several decades ago, smoking was considered glamorous.

Then, as more information about the hazards of smoking became available and the dangers posed to nonsmokers by secondhand smoke, public opinion shifted.

After a string of massacres, particularly [...]

April 23 election: Watch this space for candidate answers

On April 23, the D.C. will hold an election to fill an at-large Council seat.

Smokefree DC is sending the candidates a questionnaire to help determine their positions on secondhand smoke and other tobacco policies.

Watch this space! We will post results in early March.