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

Ward 5 candidates receive wide range of grades from Smokefree DC

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Candidates for the Ward 5 Council seat received grades ranging from “A” to “F” after filling out a Smokefree DC questionnaire that asked about everything from their willingness to support smokefree parks to how they would handle a query from a constituent grappling with secondhand smoke intrusion [...]

Bloomberg proposal for smoking policies is great idea

What a great idea.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing that all apartments and condos in the city be required to come up with a policy on smoking and make it clear to prospective buyers and tenants.

He stresses that this is not, we repeat not, a ban.

What would this law do? It would require [...]

Renovated Detroit high-rise opens -- and is smokefree

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A newly renovated, 34-story high-rise is opening in Detroit. Washington, D.C., can learn a little something from this new building in the Motor City.

Specifically, the building, called Broderick Tower, is opening with a strong smokefree policy.

No. 22 of the rules states: Smoking, of any kind, including medically prescribed marijuana, is [...]

Channel 8 story on secondhand smoke in apartments and condos highlights issue well

In case you missed it, Channel 8 did a good piece last night on the dangers of secondhand smoke and the problems that nonsmokers in apartments and condos are increasingly experiencing with it.

Here at Smokefree DC, we get a regular – and increasing – stream of calls and emails from people who are desperate to [...]

Yes, you can make your condo building smokefree

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Want to make your condo building smokefree? You can.

The bottom line, according to a detailed column in The Washington Post, is that you need to amend your condominium documents. There are a lot of hurdles to doing so, but it’s feasible.

To avoid issues of secondhand smoke infiltrating nonsmokers’ units, it’s [...]

It's a trend: Nonsmokers in apartments and condos are speaking up against secondhand smoke

The Washington Post has a good story this week detailing how more nonsmokers who live in apartments and condos are speaking up about secondhand smoke intruding into their living spaces.

The article notes that while it used to be assumed that smokers have a right to smoke in their homes, more people are realizing that nonsmokers [...]

New trend: Smokefree public housing

The New York Times had an excellent story today about how housing authorities are increasingly going smokefree.

In 2005, 32 housing authorities had smokefree policies in effect. By the end of 2011, 285 will.

Cities that have or plan to make public housing smokefree: Boston (in September), Detroit, San Antonio and Portland, Ore.

The reason?

The bans are largely [...]

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, [...]