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

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.

 

Dear WMATA: Please protect riders from secondhand smoke

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We sent a letter to WMATA today, urging it to do more to protect riders from secondhand smoke. Here is the letter:

To the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMTA) and WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles:

Recently, one of your riders launched a petition on Change.org calling on WMATA [...]

Great news: American University, GWU to go smokefree in 2013

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Great news today: Both American University and George Washington University are going smokefree in 2013. American University also will go tobacco-free, meaning there will be no tobacco products on campus.

We could say “it’s about time,” but we’re just thrilled that the school administrators recognized the dangers of secondhand smoke [...]

Grosso, Mendelson top Smokefree DC candidate questionnaire

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The final questionnaires are in.

Of the candidates who responded, two rose to the top: David Grosso, who is running at large and received an “A,” and Council Member Phil Mendelson, who is running for Council chair and received a “B.”

The remaining candidates who answered the questionnaire primarily got Ds and [...]

Petition update: That Metro rider next to you may be allergic to cigarette smoke

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Look around next time you ride a Metro bus or train. The person next to you may have asthma or be allergic to cigarette smoke. Judging from the comments on a recently launched Change.org petition calling on WMATA to enforce its no-smoking policy, there are quite a few Metro passengers who [...]

Sick of secondhand smoke in the Metro system? Sign this petition.

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Jamie Berke got one whiff too many of secondhand smoke while on the Washington, D.C., Metro system.

So she decided to act. She has launched a petition to protect Metro bus and train passengers from the toxins.

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease, and aggravates respiratory illnesses. The U.S. Surgeon General [...]

774 smokefree colleges in the U.S. and counting

More colleges are going smokefree every year. The latest are the University of Oklahoma, the University of Oregon and Montana State University. The University of California system’s campuses will be tobacco-free (no smoking, no chewing, no selling) by 2014, USA Today reports.

In all, 774 college campuses around the country are smokefree, and 562 are tobacco-free [...]

New study: Secondhand smoke can harm those at outdoor bars, restaurants

Here’s some compelling evidence in support of making outdoor bars and restaurants smokefree: A new study shows that people who are exposed to secondhand smoke at outdoor bars and restaurants can suffer the same kinds of health effects as people exposed inside.

In the study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers collected urine and saliva samples [...]