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 [...]

Renovated Detroit high-rise opens -- and is smokefree

Flickr photo courtesy of Chuck Manley

A newly renovated, 34-story high-rise is opening in Detroit. Washington, D.C., can learn a little something from this new building in the Motor City.

Specifically, the building, called Broderick Tower, is opening with a strong smokefree policy.

No. 22 of the rules states: Smoking, of any kind, including medically prescribed marijuana, is [...]

Channel 8 story on secondhand smoke in apartments and condos highlights issue well

In case you missed it, Channel 8 did a good piece last night on the dangers of secondhand smoke and the problems that nonsmokers in apartments and condos are increasingly experiencing with it.

Here at Smokefree DC, we get a regular – and increasing – stream of calls and emails from people who are desperate to [...]

Yes, you can make your condo building smokefree

flickr photo courtesy of chrispetescia

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's a trend: Nonsmokers in apartments and condos are speaking up against secondhand smoke

The Washington Post has a good story this week detailing how more nonsmokers who live in apartments and condos are speaking up about secondhand smoke intruding into their living spaces.

The article notes that while it used to be assumed that smokers have a right to smoke in their homes, more people are realizing that nonsmokers [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Smoke-Free Housing Magazine debuts

For the past year, Jacque Petterson has been collecting stories and links to news articles about smokefree housing – public housing complexes that have gone smokefree, lawsuits filed over secondhand smoke issues in multi-unit dwellings, even information about fires caused by cigarettes.

Now she has put those in Smoke-Free Housing Magazine, an online publication that has [...]

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 [...]

New York judge sides with nonsmoking tenant in lease dispute

Here’s a case that apartment management companies everywhere should pay attention to: A judge in Nassau County, N.Y., ruled that a nonsmoking tenant should be permitted to break her lease and pay reduced rent because her complaints about a smoking neighbor were not addressed.

The company had sued the tenant for $12,000 in unpaid rent. Here’s [...]