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

Michael Brown's questionnaire answers

Q: The city’s smokefree workplaces law was weakened last summer when the Council agreed to allow cigar smoking at hotels for two events annually. The Council acted without holding hearings or seeking public input. Instead, the exemptions were tacked onto a budget amendment. Would you vote to remove the exemptions? Please explain why or why not.

A: No. I supported the exemption because I believe it provides ample protections for hotel workers. Employees that choose not to work during the “cigar holiday” cannot be penalized and are guaranteed the opportunity to makeup any lost hours.

Q: If elected, will you pledge not to further weaken the smokefree workplaces law?

A: Yes

Q: Would you vote to strengthen the smokefree workplaces law to include outdoor cafes? What about parks and other recreational areas?

Outdoor cafes? Yes

Parks Yes

Other recreational areas Yes

Q: Would you vote to make secondhand smoke an actionable nuisance like excessive noise? (Doing so would make it easier for nonsmokers who suffer secondhand smoke encroaching in their apartments to take their smoking neighbors to court.)

A: Yes

Q: Would you vote to increase funding for tobacco cessation programs in D.C.?

A: Yes

Q: Would you vote to increase the District’s tax on cigarettes?

A: Yes

Q: One of your constituents has called your office to inform you that secondhand smoke is coming into their condo or apartment. Attempts to remedy the situation have gone nowhere. What would you say to the constituent?

A: Firstly, I would advise them to join Smoke Free DC. Secondly, I would advise them to get involved with their condominium or building association which can and should have rules on the books regarding smoking. Lastly, I would ask for their support in making secondhand smoke an actionable nuisance under District law.