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

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 [...]

Philadelphia pools, playgrounds, recreation centers to go smokefree

flickr photo courtesy of lysbyth

Way to go Philadelphia; Mayor Michael Nutter has signed an executive order making the city’s pools, playgrounds and recreation centers smokefree.

The change takes effect July 1. It’s great news for parents who don’t want their kids to be exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke. And great news for the kids [...]

Bismarck, North Dakota, makes bars smokefree

smoker no. 85 by filtran, courtesy of flickr

If they can do it in North Dakota, it can be done anywhere.

North Dakota’s capital city is making bars smokefree. Voters this week approved a smokefree bar measure by 60 percent. What’s more, they rejected a proposal for outdoor smoking huts.

The final tally: 5,273 voted to make [...]

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. [...]

Questions about Wisconsin’s smokefree law?

Wisconsin’s smokefree law takes effect July 5, and Smokefree Wisconsin has set up a website where people can submit questions.

Under the law, all indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants, will be smokefree.

To minimize kids’ exposure to secondhand smoke, live in a smokefree community

So you’d figure that if your kids are growing up in a non-smoking household, their exposure to secondhand smoke will be pretty minimal, right?

Think again. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that children who are raised in smokefree homes and live in smokefree communities have less cotinine – a byproduct of cigarette [...]

AMA -- the Australian one -- calls for smokefree outdoor venues

I must admit that when I ran across a news item on ABC online about the AMA calling for outdoor venues to be smokefree, I thought “Whoa! This is big news!”

Turns out it was the Australian Medical Association mentioned in an item on the Australian Broadcasting Company Web site. That AMA has called for major [...]

Evans tries to weaken D.C.’s smokefree law

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) has introduced “emergency” legislation being considered today that would permit groups to smoke cigars at certain events (he is a member of one group that wants to do this on St. Patrick’s Day).
 
The Examiner has a pretty comprehensive story on it.

We urge smokefree supporters to contact the Council at [...]

New thirdhand smoke study underscores need for smokefree areas

That funky smell that stays in a room where someone has been smoking earlier isn’t just a bad odor. It likely indicates the presence of carcinogens.

A new report about thirdhand smoke – the lingering residue of tobacco smoke – underscores the need for indoor areas to be 100 percent smokefree.

The study, done by the Lawrence [...]