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

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) [...]

Circumventing the public necessary to win smokefree exemption, Jack Evans says

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It isn’t often that a politician admits that his strategy is to bypass the public so he can win.

But that’s what D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) told us yesterday when we ran into him outside the Wilson Building.

We were talking to Councilmembers about the large exemption the Council put [...]

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 [...]

Update: D.C. Council vote on smokefree law exemption was an 'accident'

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Here’s an update on the enormous exemption the D.C. Council created in the city’s smokefree workplaces law: They claim it was an accident.

Seriously.

They meant to vote to approve just an exemption for two events a year, Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) told my colleague, Bob Summersgill. In fact, the Council [...]

Smokefree DC's letter to the Council urging defeat of Jack Evans exemption bill

Today, Smokefree DC sent the following letter to Councilmember David Catania (At Large), chair of the city’s health committee, and ccd the mayor and D.C. Council.

Note that the legislation introduced recently by Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) would apply to dozens of hotels, permitting dozens of exemptions to the smokefree workplaces law annually. This is [...]

Jack Evans’ arrogance knows no bounds

He’s at it again.

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) has introduced a bill to carve out a permanent exemption to the very popular smokefree workplaces law, which made all indoor workplaces smokefree.

You recall that Evans tried this last year. He was successful in pushing through “emergency” legislation to do a favor his friends in [...]

A chat with Fenty

On Monday at lunchtime, as I was walking down Connecticut Ave. NW  toward Dupont Circle to have my sandwich outside, I saw none other than Mayor Adrian Fenty standing outside Starbucks, campaigning.

“Great!” I thought. An excellent opportunity to finally get a response from the mayor to the request we sent him many months ago to [...]