LA moves to strike smokeless tobacco out of ballparks

Sep 8, 2015 3:09 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has moved to strike smokeless tobacco out of ballparks.

Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to prepare an ordinance banning the product from amateur and professional sports venues.

The proposal cited findings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that high school athletes use smokeless tobacco nearly twice as much as non-athletes. Council members hope a ban will help reduce teen smoking.

The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement in support of the measure.

The council will take a final vote on the measure when the city attorney's office has prepared the ordinance.

San Francisco and Boston have also enacted such bans.

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