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

Gray veto means smokefree exemption is huge again

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The case of the convoluted budget amendment just got messier.

Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed a measure that was supposed to narrow a huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law — an exemption that the D.C. Council passed in June without public notice. (They claimed it was an accident.) However, because [...]

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 [...]

New year, new smokefree laws

On Jan. 1, a strong smokefree workplace law took effect in Savannah, Ga. (See earlier post for details.) It was one of many local laws slated to take effect this year.

Similar smokefree workplace laws that cover bars and restaurants will take effect in Lowell, Indiana; Brentwood, Missouri; Creve Coeur, Missouri; Jefferson City, Missouri; Devils Lake, North Dakota; Frisco, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Fitchburg, [...]

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.

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. [...]

I went to Vegas and can say unequivocally: Nevada needs a strong smokefree law

I was in Las Vegas recently for work (yes, I really did work) and was really struck by a few things:

1) The enormous quantity of lights of all colors, often flashing, all spectacular and all over-the-top.  I kept thinking about how much energy is wasted is keeping them shining. Even the water show at the [...]

78.9 percent of U.S. population covered by smokefree laws

Whew. It’s been a busy couple of weeks … I was in upstate New York for a week, enjoying the scenery and being totally unplugged, swimming and canoeing and hiking. Yes, the whole state is smokefree, which is great of course. Returned to a pile of work.

Our friends at Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights have been [...]

Virgin Islands goes smokefree

The Virgin Islands is going smokefree.

Gov. John deJohng Jr. has signed a bill that makes all public indoor spaces and workplaces smokefree, including bars and restaurants.

The only problem: According to the Virgin Islands Daily News, deJohng wants to tinker with the definition of “enclosed area.”

Let’s hope he doesn’t water down the law.