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

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 [...]

Yes, you can make your condo building smokefree

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Want to make your condo building smokefree? You can.

The bottom line, according to a detailed column in The Washington Post, is that you need to amend your condominium documents. There are a lot of hurdles to doing so, but it’s feasible.

To avoid issues of secondhand smoke infiltrating nonsmokers’ units, it’s [...]

“It was not done the right way” – Jack Evans and hypocrisy on the D.C. Council

“It was not done the right way.”

So says Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 1) about the D.C. Council’s inadvertent approval of online gambling, which was slipped into a budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (D-At Large).
No, it wasn’t. But Evans doth protest too much. He and Brown used the exact same tactic to weaken the very [...]

New study shows staggering cost of secondhand smoke in Indiana

Secondhand smoke costs the state of Indiana $1.3 billion – yes, billion with a “b” — per year, a new study shows.

The study, by Indiana University’s School of Medicine, comes as the state considers enacting a smokefree workplace law.

Clearly, it should. The numbers alone are staggering – the cost of secondhand smoke amounts to $201 [...]

New trend: Smokefree public housing

The New York Times had an excellent story today about how housing authorities are increasingly going smokefree.

In 2005, 32 housing authorities had smokefree policies in effect. By the end of 2011, 285 will.

Cities that have or plan to make public housing smokefree: Boston (in September), Detroit, San Antonio and Portland, Ore.

The reason?

The bans are largely [...]

More evidence to support smokefree laws: Mayo Clinic study shows drop in heart attacks

Here’s more reason to support smokefree laws: A new Mayo Clinic study shows that in one Minnesota county that instituted a smokefree workplace law, heart attacks dropped by half.

In addition, the number of people who died suddenly of heart disease was cut in half. These were the effects of a smokefree workplace law enacted in [...]

On indoor smoking, Herman Cain was on Big Tobacco's side

Herman Cain, the former pizza CEO now running for president in the Republican primary, worked closely with the tobacco industry and supported efforts to defeat smokefree workplace policies, Think Progress reports.

Cain was a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, and in that capacity met frequently with tobacco industry lobbyists. He even signed up for a [...]

Fiona Greig, likely Ward 2 candidate, is someone to watch

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Last night, several Smokefree DC representatives met with Fiona Greig, who is planning to challenge Jack Evans in Ward 2 next year.

Greig is everything Evans is not. She is progressive. She’s into improving our mass transit system and creating more green spaces. She’s an avid cyclist.

Most important, she isn’t co-opted [...]

D.C. Council approves permanent exemption to smokefree workplaces law for cigar-smoking events

On the bright side, the huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law just got just smaller.

The D.C. Council today approved a measure that would limit it to two events per year: Fight Night (a charity fundraiser) and the annual event held by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, to which Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) [...]

Third time's a charm -- not

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The D.C. Council is poised to yet again attempt to narrow the exemption it has been trying all summer to carve out of the smokefree workplaces law.

You may recall that language passed in June permitted 79 hotels to hold cigar-smoking events once a year. In July, the Council narrowed that [...]