martes, 3 de marzo de 2015

S.F. supervisor proposes ban of tobacco at all baseball fields – 26 de Febrero de 2015 – EEUU

A huge wad of chewing tobacco stuffed into a player’s cheek has long been an unofficial symbol of baseball, but a proposed city measure would ban its use at every playing field in San Francisco, including AT&T Park.

The first-in-the-nation measure will be introduced at next week’s Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Mark Farrell, who said it was aimed specifically at baseball. A similar statewide measure was slated to be introduced in Sacramento on Wednesday by Richmond Assemblyman Tony Thurmond.

“This will have positive health benefits for our city and for our youth for years to come,” said Farrell, who said he chewed tobacco while playing baseball in college and continued through law school. “It’s time for the city to step up to the plate and ban smokeless tobacco.”

An event Tuesday on the dirt infield of a youth baseball diamond at Moscone Playground in the Marina was part of a carefully choreographed effort by antitobacco groups to highlight the dangers of smokeless tobacco and the effect its very visible use by chewing, spitting big-league baseball stars can have on the kids who want to emulate them.

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