San Francisco First City Banning Tobacco in Sports Stadiums

Ed Lee the mayor of San Francisco signed a bill banning the use of all chewing tobacco products from all city sports stadiums, which includes the home of the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park.

Matthew Myers who is the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president said the home of the Giants is setting an example for all of Major League Baseball as well as the rest of the country.

This bill signed by Lee prohibits all use of smokeless tobacco starting in 2016. The move was supported by the players as well as manager of the Giants. However, the big issue is the concerns for the withdrawal symptoms the different visiting teams would have while in the park.

It was during 2011 that Major League Baseball barred all teams from purchasing any tobacco products for their players. Washington, D.C. based The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids targeted the city of San Francisco and the state of California to promote its efforts in anti-smoking.

MLB also banned all tobacco products from its minor leagues. Myers said that when baseball players use any form of tobacco, especially smokeless during games, kids whom look up to them are more apt to do the same.

MLB’s San Francisco Giants will have a difficult time keeping players from tobacco use. The manager for the Giants, Bruce Bochy described how difficult it is to break such a difficult habit as using smokeless tobacco.

Currently, Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers is the only MLB park that has special rules for governing smokeless tobacco use. Tobacco is banned in the majority of stadiums that are open aired.

Nineteen of 30 parks in Major League Baseball have banned smoking and the other 11 have only designated smoking areas.

Already there is another bill that is awaiting approval in the California Assembly that will outlaw all use of tobacco in California, including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes from organized basketball games.

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