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

Great news: American University, GWU to go smokefree in 2013

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Great news today: Both American University and George Washington University are going smokefree in 2013. American University also will go tobacco-free, meaning there will be no tobacco products on campus.

We could say “it’s about time,” but we’re just thrilled that the school administrators recognized the dangers of secondhand smoke [...]

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 [...]

Petition update: That Metro rider next to you may be allergic to cigarette smoke

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Look around next time you ride a Metro bus or train. The person next to you may have asthma or be allergic to cigarette smoke. Judging from the comments on a recently launched Change.org petition calling on WMATA to enforce its no-smoking policy, there are quite a few Metro passengers who [...]

Sick of secondhand smoke in the Metro system? Sign this petition.

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Jamie Berke got one whiff too many of secondhand smoke while on the Washington, D.C., Metro system.

So she decided to act. She has launched a petition to protect Metro bus and train passengers from the toxins.

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease, and aggravates respiratory illnesses. The U.S. Surgeon General [...]

New study: Secondhand smoke can harm those at outdoor bars, restaurants

Here’s some compelling evidence in support of making outdoor bars and restaurants smokefree: A new study shows that people who are exposed to secondhand smoke at outdoor bars and restaurants can suffer the same kinds of health effects as people exposed inside.

In the study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers collected urine and saliva samples [...]

University of Maryland going smokefree in 2013

Good news: The University of Maryland is following the lead of colleges around the country by making its entire campus smokefree, The Washington Post reports.

This is common sense. Secondhand smoke is carcinogenic and poses dangers to nonsmokers. We hear many complaints from people who resent having to suck up a lot of smoke as they [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bloomberg proposal for smoking policies is great idea

What a great idea.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing that all apartments and condos in the city be required to come up with a policy on smoking and make it clear to prospective buyers and tenants.

He stresses that this is not, we repeat not, a ban.

What would this law do? It would require [...]

Renovated Detroit high-rise opens -- and is smokefree

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A newly renovated, 34-story high-rise is opening in Detroit. Washington, D.C., can learn a little something from this new building in the Motor City.

Specifically, the building, called Broderick Tower, is opening with a strong smokefree policy.

No. 22 of the rules states: Smoking, of any kind, including medically prescribed marijuana, is [...]