No more smoke-filled rooms at the Capitol

January 10, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More

This is both a substantive and symbolic point, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

With the new year ushering in a D.C. smoking ban, House members could take refuge in puffing away in the Speaker’s lobby, an ornate room next to the House chamber. Members, reporters and staffers hang out there during votes.

Not any more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday banned smoking in the lobby to save all from exposure to secondhand smoke.

“The days of smoke-filled rooms in the United States Capitol are over,” said Pelosi.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erika Price says:

    I knew a young man who once worked as a page in DC (don't worry, he had no hand in any sexual escapades). He told me once of an incident he witnessed during a session of Congress. Someone accidently knocked over an ashtray, which sent clouds of ash spilling around the immediate area. For some reason, my friend tells me, this necessitated a total evacuation of the building(did someone put anthrax in the ashes?), followed by the activities of the day getting canceled outright and the congresspeople sent home. That story always struck me as an illustration of beuraucratic nonsense, but now I can rest assured that it will never happen again.

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