San Francisco becomes the first city to ban tobacco on ground
The San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee has signed a bill that bans the use of chewing tobacco from all its sports stadiums, including AT&T Park. San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields.
Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids stated, “The home of the world champion Giants has set an example that all of Major League Baseball and the rest of the country should quickly follow”.
This ratification by Lee will prohibit the consumption of smokeless tobacco for the 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. The move has been supported by the players and the manager of the team. However, the issue of major concern is the withdrawal symptoms that the visiting teams would experience.
It was back in 2011, when the Major League Baseball had barred its franchises from purchasing tobacco products for its players. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, based in Washington DC, has targeted San Francisco and California to promote its anti-smoking efforts.
Major League Baseball has also banned tobacco products from the minor leagues. Myers commented that when baseball stars use smokeless tobacco, the kids who look up to them are much more likely to do it as well.
The San Francisco Giants will surely have a hard time keeping the players at bay from tobacco use. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants Manager has described it as a tough habit to break.
Currently, The Milwaukee’s Miller Park is the only park that has rules governing the use of smokeless tobacco. Tobacco has been banned at most open-air sports stadiums.19 of the 30 Major League Baseball parks has out rightly banned smoking while 11 have designated smoking areas on site.
Already, another bill awaiting approval in the assembly, outlaws all tobacco use in California, including electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco from organized basketball games.
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