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Smoking-ban opponent Mark Lee has incorrectly linked the American Legacy Foundation’s smoking-cessation program with Smokefree DC’s attempts to make all workplaces in the District smoke-free (City Desk, “Puff Huff,” 10/15).
While we applaud the Legacy Foundation’s mission, we wish to make it clear that we are separate entities with different goals. Legacy is a national public-health organization funded by tobacco-settlement money; we are a local, volunteer-run group funded solely by memberships. Legacy helps smokers quit; we merely ask them to step outside when they smoke, to protect the health of workers and others around them inside.
Smokefree DC’s goal is to bring to the District smoke-free-workplace legislation like that found in seven states, four countries, and numerous local U.S. jurisdictions. The science is clear; secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and heart disease. Smoke-free-workplace laws are good for health and good for business. It’s time for D.C. to go smoke-free.
Co-founder, Smokefree DC