Carol Schwartz is back. As reported this week, she wants to run for mayor.
Many residents who moved to D.C. since she left office five years ago don’t know much about her. Others may have forgotten how she performed while on the Council.
On the issue we focus on — smoke-free workplaces — she was terrible. She blocked [...]
The long-awaited proposed regulation of e-cigarettes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is out. It’s a mixed bag.
On the plus side, the agency proposes requiring e-cigarette manufacturers to register with the government and provide information about what’s in their products. They wouldn’t be able to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 or dole [...]
One thing was clear from the candidate questionnaires that Smokefree DC reviewed last week: Most candidates vying for office in the April 1 primary are spot-on when it comes to understanding some key secondhand smoke issues. At the same time, though, they are clueless about other secondhand smoke issues, often contradicting the logic they exhibited [...]
A move is afoot on Capitol Hill to protect nonsmokers from the unknown effects of the chemicals emitted by e-cigarettes.
According to a recent Politico story, some Democrats are calling for e-cigarettes to be included in the Capitol’s smokefree policy.
That’s absolutely the right thing to do, for two reasons:
1) We know that visible, smoke-like vapor comes [...]
Smoke from an e-cig
Little did I know when I testified before the D.C. Committee on Health this week about the need to regulate e-cigarettes that I was sitting next to a convicted felon.
Bruce Bereano, representing the Maryland Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors, sat next to me on the first panel. He was pompous [...]
Flickr photo of Phil Mendelson courtesy of mar is sea Y
Last week, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to make all D.C. parks and bus shelters smokefree.
There’s just one hitch: The bill was weakened by the Council Chair, Phil Mendelson, who amended it on the floor.
His amendments, which we didn’t get until well after the [...]
The D.C. Council took a major step today by making all city parks and bus shelters smokefree.
It marks the first time that the city has required any outdoor areas to be smokefree. (The Council has passed legislation permitting business owners to post no-smoking signs in front of their doors, but that is voluntary. And the [...]
The Washington Post is backing a smokefree parks and bus shelters measure that the Council tentatively approved in July.
In an editorial that ran over the weekend, the paper wrote:
The move to restrict outdoor smoking, also supported by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration, is an encouraging sign of the council’s renewed interest in trying to discourage [...]
The D.C. Council today voted 10-3 for a measure to make D.C. parks, recreation centers, pools, trails and bus shelters smokefree. This is the first of two votes; the final vote on Bill 20-95, the “Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013,” (a better name would be the “Kids Can Breathe Clean Air Act”) will come [...]
Great news: What started as a smokefree playground bill now includes parks, recreation centers and bus stops. It was approved unanimously today by the D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment.
According to the committee report for Bill 20-095, the “Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013″ (could we rename it something like, the “Kids Will [...]