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

Smokefree parks: a great idea by Eleanor Holmes Norton

By Federal Office of Eleanor Holmes Norton

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has come up with a great idea: make federal parks smokefree.

She is pitching this idea because many of the parks in D.C. are federally owned, which means the smokefree parks bill moving through the D.C. legislative process will be less effective if federal [...]

Cheh receptive to smokefree playgrounds measure

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The good news from today’s hearing by the D.C. Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment on two smokefree playground bills: The committee’s chair, Mary Cheh (Ward 3), was extremely receptive to the testimony of those who spoke. She said she would like to expand the scope of the bill, [...]

DOH responds to our letter about illegal hookah, cigar bars

Good news: Our letter about potentially illegal hookah and cigar bars in the city is getting reaction. (See our earlier post for the letter.)

Dr. Saul Levin, interim director of the city’s Department of Health, wrote back to us, saying that he is”deeply concerned about the proliferation of [h]ookah bars” and that he is exploring options.

Now, [...]

Hookah, cigar bars appear to be operating illegally

The new hookah bars popping up around town — and a new cigar bar in Friendship Heights — have raised eyebrows among us here at Smokefree DC.

Hookah and cigar bars are allowed, of course, but only if a certain percentage of their sales are tobacco, and only after they get cleared by the city’s Department [...]

D.C. Council to consider smokefree playground bill

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Smoke-free playgrounds?

That would definitely be a step in the right direction here in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange this week introduced a bill that would make areas near playgrounds smoke-free.

According to the bill text sent to us by Orange’s office, the measure would:

prohibit smoking within 25 feet of [...]

Update: Montgomery County Council extends protections for non-smokers

Update: The Montgomery County Council today extended protections for non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Way to go!

One of the provisions of the measure makes bus stops smokefree.

Will the District follow suit? It should.

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen, who sponsored the measure, noted:

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. We are stewards of public [...]

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, [...]

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.

 

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 [...]

Kwame Brown resigned: good riddance

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By Bob Summersgill, Smokefree DC board member

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigned yesterday in disgrace, after the U.S. Attorney filed felony bank fraud charges against him. I’m angry about the fraud. I am angry that he was ever on the Council. I am angry that he lied to us. He disgraced [...]