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.

Seriously.

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

Unbelievable.

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] [...]

Philadelphia pools, playgrounds, recreation centers to go smokefree

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Way to go Philadelphia; Mayor Michael NutterĀ has signed an executive order making the city’s pools, playgrounds and recreation centers smokefree.

The change takes effect July 1. It’s great news for parents who don’t want their kids to be exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke. And great news for the kids [...]

American University student collecting butts to make point

American University student Noah Jacobs isn’t giving up.

Intent on making the school’s smokefree areas mean something, Jacobs recently took a bag full of cigarette butts in to the president’s office to make his point.

He also delivered a letter calling for the school to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.

The president wasn’t there, but Jacobs showed the [...]

A case for smokefree apartments and condos

Children who live in apartments are exposed to secondhand smoke even if no one smokes in their unit, a new study has found.

Researchers analyzed the blood of children who live in smokefree homes and found that kids living in apartments have a 45 percent increase in cotanine levels in their blood than kids who live [...]

Santa Clara makes apartments, condos smokefree

Three cheers to Santa Clara County, Calif., which just passed a law making apartments and condos smokefree. The law also applies to outdoor eating areas of restaurants and common areas of multiunit dwellings, the San Jose Mercury-News reports.

This is huge; the county is one of just a handful of jurisdictions, all of them in California, [...]

FDA rolls out cigarette warning labels; one highlights effects on nonsmokers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled proposed warning labels for cigarette packs – a result of a law Congress passed last year that gives the agency regulatory authority over tobacco (the Tobacco Control Act). Specifically, the law requires nine new warning labels to be put on tobacco products along with color graphics [...]