DC Irishmen May Be Exempt from Smoking Ban

This St. Patrick's Day, nearly a thousand members of DC's Irish community may be puffing on stogies while they get their drink on, despite the District's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

Legislation has been introduced that if passed, would allow the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a social group made up of DC's elite Irishman, bypass the smoking ban and be allowed to smoke cigars at their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner at the Capitol Hilton, the dcexaminer.com reported.

Councilman Jack Evans, the one who introduced the bill, is a member of the Friendly Sons organization.

Evans’ bill is the first to request an exemption for a single group since the ban took effect on Jan. 1, 2007, according to dcexaminer.com.

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