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

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 [...]

D.C. Council approves sidewalk smoking provision

It’s official: If you own a business in D.C. and are having a problem with secondhand smoke drifting inside from smokers outside, you can post “no smoking” signs outside.
The D.C. Council today approved the so-called “sidewalk smoking” provision — a few lines tucked in a much longer bill (18-428) designed to curb tobacco use by minors. [...]

Hatchet takes a whack at sidewalk smoking story

In its latest edition, GW’s Hatchet takes a whack at covering the sidewalk smoking bill. Perhaps the story got whacked by an editor, because the reporters omitted a key point: that the purpose of the bill is to protect the integrity of the smokefree workplace law. 

Right now, smoke drifts inside some offices – including medical offices. [...]

Building owners soon will be able to post “no smoking” signs

The D.C. Council today took a solid step toward firming up the city’s smokefree workplace law and ensuring that workers aren’t exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. In unanimously approving on first reading bill 18-428, the “Prohibition Against Selling  Tobacco Products to Minors Amendment Act of 2009,” the Council clarified that building owners can [...]