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

Circumventing the public necessary to win smokefree exemption, Jack Evans says

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It isn’t often that a politician admits that his strategy is to bypass the public so he can win.

But that’s what D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) told us yesterday when we ran into him outside the Wilson Building.

We were talking to Councilmembers about the large exemption the Council put [...]

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 [...]

New York poised to extend smokefree transit policy – what about DC?

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The New York Legislature has passed a measure that would make train platforms and outdoor areas of the Metro-North and Long Island Railroad smokefree. New York City has already made its platforms smokefree. The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

That raises an interesting issue regarding Washington, D.C., transit. Metrorail property is supposed [...]

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

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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 [...]

Bismarck, North Dakota, makes bars smokefree

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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 [...]

Honduras goes smokefree

Honduras went smokefree today, and the law is more comprehensive than most laws in U.S. cities and states.

Not only does it require all indoor spaces to be smokefree, but it says that people shouldn’t smoke outside if they are within two meters of another person. Wish we had that here — bus stops would be [...]

Strong smokefree law takes effect in Virgin Islands

Three cheers to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where a strong smokefree law took effect earlier this month.

The law covers not only bars and restaurants but areas within 20 feet of all outdoor public transportation stations and platform shelters. Hear that, Metro? It can be done.

The law also covers laundromats, schools, hotels, casinos, shopping centers and [...]

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 [...]

New York City makes parks, beaches smokefree

The New York City Council has voted overwhelmingly to make that city’s parks and beaches – including Times Square — smokefree.

We’re talking about 14 miles of beaches and 1,700 parks. The vote was 36-12, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (champion of smokefree workplaces and early pioneer in making big cities smokefree) is expected to sign it [...]

Towson University is now smokefree; other schools should follow suit

If you want to smoke at Towson University, you can’t — the entire campus has been smokefree since Aug. 1.

That’s great news, detailed by The Washington Post today. The bad news is that other area campuses haven’t followed suit.

The reason Towson went smokefree is to protect the health of nonsmokers, university officials told the paper. [...]