DC has taken numerous steps to reduce resident, worker, and visitor exposure to smoke but more can be done. Young people continue to experiment with smoking. According to the 2012 OSSE report District of Columbia PROMOTE. PREVENT. PROTECT. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (PDF), 5% of middle school students reported having smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days and 14% of the high school students reported having smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days. And the number is likely higher; surveys relying on self-reports are known to under-report.
If you are interested in tackling this important public health issue, read the Partnering4Health project's Where You Live, Work and Play Should Be Smoke-Free, below.