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 [...]

“It was not done the right way” – Jack Evans and hypocrisy on the D.C. Council

“It was not done the right way.”

So says Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 1) about the D.C. Council’s inadvertent approval of online gambling, which was slipped into a budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (D-At Large).
No, it wasn’t. But Evans doth protest too much. He and Brown used the exact same tactic to weaken the very [...]

British medical association urges no smoking in cars

Saying that smoking in cars exposes people to 23 times more toxins than a smoky bar, the British Medical Association is calling on the government to make cars smokefree.

Children, they note, are particularly vulnerable to the poisons contained in secondhand smoke.

Some countries, such as Canada and Australia, already require cars to be smokefree when children [...]

Update on Evans: The conflict revealed

Turns out the conflict of interest that Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) had with regards to the convention center development was with ING Clarion Real Estate Investment. Evans’ firm, Patton Boggs, represented ING, an equity partner in the hotel deal.

Evans is phenomenally myopic. This is from The Washington Post:

Evans confirmed today that Patton Boggs represented [...]

More questions raised about Evans' ethics

We’ve shown previously in this space the cronyism of Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2), who circumvented the public hearing process to give his buddies in the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick the green light to smoke cigars at their annual St. Patrick’s Day event.

Well, here’s an interesting piece that raises deeper questions about Evans’ ethics.

The [...]

Fiona Greig, likely Ward 2 candidate, is someone to watch

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Last night, several Smokefree DC representatives met with Fiona Greig, who is planning to challenge Jack Evans in Ward 2 next year.

Greig is everything Evans is not. She is progressive. She’s into improving our mass transit system and creating more green spaces. She’s an avid cyclist.

Most important, she isn’t co-opted [...]

D.C. Council approves permanent exemption to smokefree workplaces law for cigar-smoking events

On the bright side, the huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law just got just smaller.

The D.C. Council today approved a measure that would limit it to two events per year: Fight Night (a charity fundraiser) and the annual event held by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, to which Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) [...]

Smokefree DC letter to Kwame Brown

On Thursday, Smokefree DC sent the following letter to D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown. We ccd the entire Council.

Aug. 25, 2011

The Hon. Kwame Brown
Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004

Dear Chairman Brown,

We’re writing to tell you that the information you relied upon to support your vote for an exemption [...]

Gray veto means smokefree exemption is huge again

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The case of the convoluted budget amendment just got messier.

Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed a measure that was supposed to narrow a huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law — an exemption that the D.C. Council passed in June without public notice. (They claimed it was an accident.) However, because [...]

While D.C. weakens its smokefree law, Montgomery and Howard strengthen theirs

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While the D.C. Council is busy weakening the city’s popular smokefree workplaces law, neighboring jurisdictions are doing the opposite.

Montgomery County has passed a law making the common areas of multiunit housing, such as apartment and condo lobbies and laundry rooms, somkefree. It also requires the area within 25 [...]