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Senate Yet to Limit Smoking

The Senate is actually a few years behind the House in its efforts to limit smoking on Capitol Hill, thanks to guidelines put in place between 2006 and 2010.

During the Speakership of now-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House amended a June 2006 ban on smoking within 25 feet and within public areas of House office buildings and the House side of the Capitol to include closures of all House-sanctioned smoking lounges, as well as the end of the era of smoking in the Speakerís Lobby.

The Pelosi-era regulations remain in place. But, as is the case with the Senateís standing policy ó unchanged by the new rules ó House officials can set their own smoking policies within the confines of their office spaces.

Itís a privilege that some say has been enjoyed by Congressí most famous smoker, Pelosiís successor, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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