By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
Chewing tobacco, dip and snuff won’t be allowed at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, following a ban approved this week by the St. Petersburg, Florida, city council.
“[The vote] sends a simple and powerful message to kids: baseball and tobacco don’t mix,” Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in a statement.
Removing tobacco from stadiums emphasizes that chewing tobacco is dangerous, addictive and deadly, and has no place in the nation’s sports culture, Myers said.
The new ordinance bans the use of smokeless tobacco products by players, coaches, fans and anyone attending sporting events at athletic facilities in the city.
Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field is among the 13 Major League Baseball stadiums that will be tobacco-free for the 2017 season, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Others include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In California, Anaheim, Oakland and San Diego will follow a state law that goes into effect before the 2017 season.
Toronto and Minnesota are considering similar measures to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco.
In addition, new MLB players cannot use smokeless tobacco under the league’s collective bargaining agreement.