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

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 [...]

Greenbelt community meeting on secondhand smoke highlights nonsmokers' rights

“That’s life.”

So muttered the woman next to me at a community meeting convened last night in the Greenbelt Community Center last night to discuss the problem of intrusion of secondhand smoke from one apartment to another. The woman was not very sympathetic to the plight of nonsmokers. What an appalling comment. I wonder how she [...]

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

flickr photo courtesy of sebastian6

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 [...]

Philadelphia pools, playgrounds, recreation centers to go smokefree

flickr photo courtesy of lysbyth

Way to go Philadelphia; Mayor Michael Nutter has signed an executive order making the city’s pools, playgrounds and recreation centers smokefree.

The change takes effect July 1. It’s great news for parents who don’t want their kids to be exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke. And great news for the kids [...]

Bismarck, North Dakota, makes bars smokefree

smoker no. 85 by filtran, courtesy of flickr

If they can do it in North Dakota, it can be done anywhere.

North Dakota’s capital city is making bars smokefree. Voters this week approved a smokefree bar measure by 60 percent. What’s more, they rejected a proposal for outdoor smoking huts.

The final tally: 5,273 voted to make [...]

American University student collecting butts to make point

American University student Noah Jacobs isn’t giving up.

Intent on making the school’s smokefree areas mean something, Jacobs recently took a bag full of cigarette butts in to the president’s office to make his point.

He also delivered a letter calling for the school to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.

The president wasn’t there, but Jacobs showed the [...]

New York trending toward smokefree housing

New York, which was one of the early leaders in the smokefree workplace movement, may be a trendsetter when it comes to smokefree housing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that buildings are increasingly going smokefree.

At least half a dozen Manhattan co-ops are expected to ask shareholders during annual meetings this spring to vote on an all-out [...]

Cigar smoker agrees to pay neighbors when he lights up

This is unusual: A cigar-smoker who was taken to court by his neighbors has agreed to pay them $2,000 every time he lights up, the New York Post reports.

That should settle a lawsuit filed by a couple who said that their neighbor’s cigar smoke was sickening their children, ages 6 and 3. They were experiencing [...]

Not a good way to raise money for the state coffers

Well this is a boneheaded idea.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would let bar owners violate the smokefree workplaces law — for a price.

That’s right. Bill SB708 would allow for “smoking establishment permits” that would allow patrons of bars to light up. Permits would cost between $1,000 and $3,000.

The guy who introduced [...]

Less secondhand smoke = fewer middle ear infections

A new study underscores the dangers of secondhand smoke to children.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society in the Republic of Ireland have found fewer cases of middle ear infection in American homes with less secondhand smoke.

Said the lead author, Hillel Alpert, who is with [...]