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Do More to Protect Metrorail Riders From Dangerous Secondhand Smoke!

    1. Jamie Berke
    2. Petition by

      Jamie Berke

      Washington, DC

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a no-smoking policy that is supposed to apply to its entire system, but people routinely ignore it and the agency does little to inform riders about -- or enforce -- its own policy. Metro riders in the Washington, D.C., area endure secondhand smoke on trains and platforms, and in and near bus shelters. Smokers light up on escalators leading into and out of stations, on outdoor train platforms, and in or near bus shelters. Smokers also stand too close to entrances and exits for Metrorail stations, forcing entering and exiting riders to breathe secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke has thousands of chemicals, 69 of which are known or suspected carcinogens such as arsenic, benzene and formaldehyde. The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes disease in non-smokers, including asthma, lung disease and heart disease. Even a small amount of smoke can cause harm, particularly to people with respiratory issues or compromised immune systems.

We call on WMATA to actively enforce its existing policy by: 1) Installing “No Smoking” signs at all station entrances, escalators, passageways, and outdoor train and bus platforms throughout the Metro system; 2) removing all ashtrays from the system or at least moving them farther away from entrances and exits; and 3) installing “No Smoking within 25 feet” signs at all station exits and bus shelters. WMATA should also work together with local and state jurisdictions to strengthen and enforce policies to protect Metro riders from dangerous secondhand smoke within 25 feet of Metro facilities.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Blog Post - SmokeFree DC

      Jamie Berke
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the blog post by SmokeFree DC about this petition: http://www.smokefreedc.org/2012/10/secondhand-smoke-metro-system-wmatsign-this-petition/

      Sick of secondhand smoke in the Metro system? Sign this petition. " Smokefree DC

      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.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Washington Post Express Writes About Petition

      Jamie Berke
      Petition Organizer

      The Washington Post Express (that free newspaper you get at the Metro) published an article today about this petition (and the author's armits): http://www.expressnightout.com/2012/10/reeking-havoc/

    5. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • A Asefa ARLINGTON, VA
      • 10 months ago

      SEcondhandsmoke kills

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Annual Deaths Caused by Smoking

      According to the World Health Organization, tobacco is the second leading cause of deaths all around the globe. The WHO estimates that 10 percent of all deaths are smoking related, which comes out to about five million people each year. This number is expected to grow to 10 million by 2020. Half of all smokers will die from their tobacco use. That's about 325 million deaths total.

      Secondhand Smoking Deaths

      Secondhand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, is a mix of smoke exhaled from smokers and smoke from the burning end of a tobacco product. In effect, even the person who isn't actively smoking is still passively smoking. The dangerous components of second hand smoke linger in the air for hours after the burning tobacco product has been put out. Secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths in America each year. Some of those deaths are children who are victims of of sudden infant death syndrome and premature birth complications, among other causes.

    • Steven Mitchell WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I smell cigarette smoke every day within the Metrorail stations and I get headaches, dizziness, and nausea as a result.

    • Caroline Sparks SILVER SPRING, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a tobacco free environment advocate and a member of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition

    • Jamie Gow WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 2 years ago

      The harms of tobacco are an important public health issue.


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