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).
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.