Putatively "grassroots" groups supported by massive grants from the neo-prohibitionist Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been sweeping the country like locusts, passing comprehensive smoking bans in city after city. Washington, DC, could be the next notch on their belt in as little as two months, with very little public debate, or even public awareness of the proposal. Most residents are so accustomed to being able to light up in bars where the owners have decided to permit smoking that they believe "it can't happen here," giving the prohibitionists a free hand.
I'm delighted, therefore, that there's a concerted effort to fight the sterilization of DC: Ban the Ban. Check out the just-launched website and see what happens when the professional nannies have to face some actual resistance.