D.C. smoking ban passes at first reading

Smokers are banned from lighting up in bars and restaurants in D.C. Soon, they will also be banned from city parks, community centers, hiking trails, and even bus stops.

At a first reading on Wednesday, the motion predominantly passed at first reading. A second and final reading is scheduled for this fall.

A smoker we spoke with actually agreed with the measure.

"I got a son myself and I smoke,” said Anthony Hawkins. “But I don't smoke around my son."

Regular bus rider Faith Dixon isn’t a fan of any kind of smoking – especially when it leaves litter behind. So she was thrilled to find out city leaders have approved the bill that bans smoking within 25 feet of city parks and nearly 3500 bus stops.

“It gets into your hair, your clothes, and by the time you get to work you smell like smoke, she said."

one resident in the area hopes that a ban might change the way people feel about smoking in the first place.

"Just dealing with the whole situation for cancer and smoking, you would think people would stop smoking anyway,’ said Sam Jones.

Councilman David Gross voted in favor of the bill, saying: “I actually co-introduced that bill and think that it's important that we continue to create a smoke-free environment in the District of Columbia."

Grosso and colleague Tommy Wells are also pushing a plan to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Under the proposal, getting caught with a small amount of the drug would only lead to a $100 fine – comparable to a traffic ticket.