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

Smokefree wins this week

South Dakota voters this week approved a comprehensive smokefree measure that will make almost all public places in that state smokefree, including casinos. The measure passed overwhelmingly.

And in several cities — including Fulton, Mo.; Jefferson City, Mo. and San Angelo, Texas, voters passed strong smokefree workplace measures that covered restaurants and bars.

So when are we [...]

Heart attacks dropped after Mass. smokefree law took effect

Fatal heart attacks dropped by 7.4 percent after Massachusetts implemented its smokefree workplace law in 2004, according to a study coming out next month in the American Journal of Public Health. The law prevents 270 deaths from heart attacks annually, the authors conclude.

Some communities in Massachusetts already had smokefree laws before the statewide law passed; [...]

More smokefree cities to add to the list

Good news for smokefree air champions: Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has updated its information about smokefree jurisdictions, adding more than two dozen to the list.

The organization now counts 3,173 U.S. municipalities a smokefree indoor air law is in effect, 902 of which provide complete protection for non-hospitality workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars.

Check out ANR’s new information.

Go Bloomberg!

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to make the city’s parks, playground, beaches, boardwalks, plazas and other outdoor spaces smokefree. All of them.

Three cheers to Bloomberg! He knows that just because it’s outside doesn’t mean that people who are near smokers don’t inhale the carcinogens.

Bloomberg, who spent a lot of political capital when he [...]

Ventilation doesn't clean the air, new study confirms

A new study confirms what we have known for several years now: Ventilation doesn’t remove the carcinogens in secondhand smoke from the air.

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis analyzed nicotine levels in 10 bars and 10 restaurants in the St. Louis area. Of those, 16 permitted smoking inside. Not only did researchers analyze the [...]

Savannah’s new smokefree law is stronger than state’s

Way to go Savannah, Ga.! The City Council there has passed a really strong smokefree law that not only makes bars and restaurants smokefree, but covers outdoor areas of bars and restaurants as well as playgrounds, private clubs and retail tobacco stores, according to the Savannah Tribune.

What’s more, smokers must stay 10 feet from any [...]

Greece is going smokefree

Greece is going smokefree. According to CNN, the government’s slogan is “cut smoking, gain life.”

This should be interesting, because Greece has one of the highest rates of smoking among European countries — 42 percent of adults smoke. A whopping six of 10 workers surveyed said they are exposed to secondhand smoke at their workplaces every day. [...]

Ocean City contemplates smokefree beaches

Ocean City, Md., is considering making its beaches smokefree, the Baltimore Sun reports.

A town resident brought the idea to the Council, saying that smoking on beaches doesn’t fit with the town’s family-friendly image. Now the Council will hold a hearing on the idea after the city’s Oct. 18 elections.

This may seem radical for the East [...]

Outside or inside, Towson is smokefree

Three cheers to Towson University, which has just adopted a strong smokefree policy that covers all areas of the campus, whether indoors or not.

According to the policy, which took effect this month, no smoking is permitted anywhere on campus — including parking garages, open spaces, athletic areas, sidewalks, parking lots and buildings. There are no designated [...]

The next smokefree state: Michigan

Michigan goes smokefree on Saturday, May 1, and people are, appropriately,  planning to celebrate.

Under the new law, which was signed in Decemer 2009, bars and restaurants will be smokefree, although casinos will be exempt. For more information, visit Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights and the state of Michigan’s Web site.

Congratulations on your smokefree status Michigan!