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

E-cigarettes may be subject to Capitol smokefree policy

A move is afoot on Capitol Hill to protect nonsmokers from the unknown effects of the chemicals emitted by e-cigarettes.

According to a recent Politico story, some Democrats are calling for e-cigarettes to be included in the Capitol’s smokefree policy.

That’s absolutely the right thing to do, for two reasons:

1) We know that visible, smoke-like vapor comes [...]

Hookah, cigar bars appear to be operating illegally

The new hookah bars popping up around town — and a new cigar bar in Friendship Heights — have raised eyebrows among us here at Smokefree DC.

Hookah and cigar bars are allowed, of course, but only if a certain percentage of their sales are tobacco, and only after they get cleared by the city’s Department [...]

D.C. Council to consider smokefree playground bill

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Smoke-free playgrounds?

That would definitely be a step in the right direction here in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange this week introduced a bill that would make areas near playgrounds smoke-free.

According to the bill text sent to us by Orange’s office, the measure would:

prohibit smoking within 25 feet of [...]

Update: Montgomery County Council extends protections for non-smokers

Update: The Montgomery County Council today extended protections for non-smokers from secondhand smoke. Way to go!

One of the provisions of the measure makes bus stops smokefree.

Will the District follow suit? It should.

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen, who sponsored the measure, noted:

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. We are stewards of public [...]

Petition update: That Metro rider next to you may be allergic to cigarette smoke

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Look around next time you ride a Metro bus or train. The person next to you may have asthma or be allergic to cigarette smoke. Judging from the comments on a recently launched Change.org petition calling on WMATA to enforce its no-smoking policy, there are quite a few Metro passengers who [...]

Sick of secondhand smoke in the Metro system? Sign this petition.

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Jamie Berke got one whiff too many of secondhand smoke while on the Washington, D.C., Metro system.

So she decided to act. She has launched a petition to protect Metro bus and train passengers from the toxins.

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease, and aggravates respiratory illnesses. The U.S. Surgeon General [...]

Ward 5 candidates receive wide range of grades from Smokefree DC

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Candidates for the Ward 5 Council seat received grades ranging from “A” to “F” after filling out a Smokefree DC questionnaire that asked about everything from their willingness to support smokefree parks to how they would handle a query from a constituent grappling with secondhand smoke intrusion [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

British medical association urges no smoking in cars

Saying that smoking in cars exposes people to 23 times more toxins than a smoky bar, the British Medical Association is calling on the government to make cars smokefree.

Children, they note, are particularly vulnerable to the poisons contained in secondhand smoke.

Some countries, such as Canada and Australia, already require cars to be smokefree when children [...]