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

Carol Schwartz: The bad old days of smoke-filled restaurants and bars

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 [...]

FDA proposes e-cigarette regulation

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 [...]

Shallal, Graham, Allen top Smokefree DC candidate questionnaire

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 [...]

E-cigarettes may be subject to Capitol smokefree policy

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 [...]

Smokefree DC urges D.C. Council to regulate e-cigarettes

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 [...]

Council chair cuts e-cigarettes out of smokefree parks bill

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 [...]

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 [...]

Washington Post backs smokefree parks measure

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 [...]

City responds to Smokefree DC's complaint about illegal hookah bars

flickr photo courtesy of Garry Knight

The D.C. government soon will notify hookah bars that are operating without an exemption to the smokefree workplace law that they are breaking the law.

Smokefree DC notified the city in April about more than half a dozen establishments that were permitting smoking indoors without having a certificate of exemption from [...]

Kudos to Union Station for making outdoor areas smokefree!

Kudos to Union Station, which just made several outdoor areas smokefree.

The clean air can be found in the West Carriage Porch and the front portico of Union Station.

The property management company for the station made the move after realizing that secondhand smokefree was driving potential customers away from the farmers’ market.

The signs went up [...]