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

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 [...]

New study: Secondhand smoke can harm those at outdoor bars, restaurants

Here’s some compelling evidence in support of making outdoor bars and restaurants smokefree: A new study shows that people who are exposed to secondhand smoke at outdoor bars and restaurants can suffer the same kinds of health effects as people exposed inside.

In the study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers collected urine and saliva samples [...]

Kwame Brown resigned: good riddance

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By Bob Summersgill, Smokefree DC board member

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigned yesterday in disgrace, after the U.S. Attorney filed felony bank fraud charges against him. I’m angry about the fraud. I am angry that he was ever on the Council. I am angry that he lied to us. He disgraced [...]

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 [...]

Renovated Detroit high-rise opens -- and is smokefree

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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

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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 study shows staggering cost of secondhand smoke in Indiana

Secondhand smoke costs the state of Indiana $1.3 billion – yes, billion with a “b” — per year, a new study shows.

The study, by Indiana University’s School of Medicine, comes as the state considers enacting a smokefree workplace law.

Clearly, it should. The numbers alone are staggering – the cost of secondhand smoke amounts to $201 [...]