San Francisco Strikes Chewing Tobacco from Playing Fields

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SAN FRANCISCO-

Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell said the proposal specifically targets baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice on the field.

He said kids shouldn’t get the idea that they need to use tobacco to be a great ballplayer.

The city currently prohibits cigarette and cigar smoking at sports arenas, fields, parks and stadiums.

Tuesday’s ordinance adds smokeless tobacco — moist inhalable snuff and chewing tobacco — to the list.

Minor league baseball has banned chewing tobacco since the early 1990s, but it’s still a negotiable contract item with Major League Baseball players.

The ordinance, which needs another formal vote by the board next week, would take effect Jan. 1.