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

Council chair cuts e-cigarettes out of smokefree parks bill

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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 [...]

D.C. parks, bus shelters to be smokefree

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 [...]

Smokefree parks, bus shelters bill gets initial Council okay

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

D.C. Council passes exemption to smokefree law - again

Here’s what the D.C. Council didn’t do today: It didn’t entirely repeal the broad exemption to the smokefree workplaces law that it passed “inadvertently” last month. The language would have permitted 79 hotels to have one cigar-smoking event each year.

But Fight Night, a charity fundraiser, will get to have cigar-smoking at its next event.

The language [...]

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 [...]