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).
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.