D.C. Council members are considering new legislation that would allow property owners to prohibit smoking up to 25 feet from buildings. D.C.'s ban on smoking in bars and other public places went into effect in 2007. Since then, D.C. Councilman Phil Mendelson says, people have taken to smoking directly outside buildings where smoking is banned.
"That may be ok, and on the other hand, it may be that the building owner doesn't wanit it," he says. "This would give the ability to the building owner to say no."
The proposal is part of a larger bill -- primarily intended to reduce smoking among teenagers. Mendelson is proposing tougher penalties for people who sell tobacco to minors and tougher penalties for minors caught buying or possessing tobacco products.
Rebecca Blatt reports...