SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at ballparks

May 8, 2015 6:47 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

Mayor Ed Lee on Friday signed into law an ordinance to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues.

The ordinance specifically singles out baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice in view of children who worship them.

The city currently prohibits cigarette and cigar smoking at sports arenas, fields, parks and stadiums. The new law 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 will take effect Jan. 1.

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