A bill just introduced by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-California), would ban smoking anywhere inside and within 25 feet of all facilities owned or leased by the federal government.
An executive order issued by President Clinton in 1997, banned smoking in most federal buildings, but allowed for the establishment of smoking areas.
"President Clinton's Order was a great first step," Davis said in a press release. "But it's time to take the next step and eliminate all smoking in federal buildings. Despite setting aside certain areas for smoking, we know that people still get exposed to secondhand smoke."
If passed, the law would apply only to buildings controlled by executive branch agencies. Smoking would be banned inside or within 25 feet of the building itself and all courtyards, areas used for children's playgrounds, and accessory structures. The law would not apply to Congressional office buildings or to U.S. military installations located outside the United States.
"Exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health issue that drives up health care costs for all of us," Davis said in a press release. "Federal workers should be able to work in a healthy, smoke-free environment."