Good news: Our letter about potentially illegal hookah and cigar bars in the city is getting reaction. (See our earlier post for the letter.)
Dr. Saul Levin, interim director of the city’s Department of Health, wrote back to us, saying that he is”deeply concerned about the proliferation of [h]ookah bars” and that he is exploring options.
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 [...]
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We weren’t expecting this, but here are the results of Smokefree DC’s grading of our candidate questionnaires: marijuana defense attorney Paul Zukerberg topped the field with a “B,” while former Washington Post reporter Elissa Silverman followed with a “D” and ANC commissioner Matthew Frumin received an “F.”
Green Party candidate Perry [...]
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We sent a letter to WMATA today, urging it to do more to protect riders from secondhand smoke. Here is the letter:
To the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMTA) and WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles:
Recently, one of your riders launched a petition on Change.org calling on WMATA [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
The American Lung Association has released its annual report on how states and the District are doing in tobacco control, and the results are mixed for the District.
On the plus side, we got an “A” in the category of smokefree air. The grade was due not only to our strong smokefree workplaces law, but a measure the [...]
In an editorial published over the weekend, The Washington Post slammed Virginia for its tobacco control efforts and praised Maryland for doing everything right.
Maryland has hit “the trifecta of policy choices,” the Post said. It raised tobacco taxes, invested in a smoking prevention program and passed a strong smokefree workplace law.
Virginia, on the other hand, [...]