NYC mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:22 AM

De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was necessary to the health of baseball players and the people of New York. The City Council approved the legislation latest mo by a vote of 44-3.

NYC mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

NY Mayor Bill De Blasio has signed a bill that bans the utilize of smokeless tobacco products at all ticketed baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation areas.

De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was necessary to the health of baseball players and the people of New York.

The City Council approved the legislation latest mo by a vote of 44-3. It was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson.

Similar bans previously were enacted that impacted Boston, LA and San Francisco ballparks. Both the Mets and Yankees have said they support the ban.

Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says it sends the message to "young fans that chewing tobacco is risky and shouldn't be an accepted portion of sports culture."

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