San Franciscans have been known to gripe that their elected representatives govern with a heavy hand when it comes to people’s health.
In recent years, City Hall has banned the sale of tobacco products in drug stores, severely curbed where people can light up, regulated where people can smoke e-cigarettes, tried unsuccessfully to get voters to approve a soda tax, voted to require calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, and banned free toys in fast-food meals for children.
Some of those ideas gained a fair amount of ridicule among voters. Ahem, Supervisor Eric Mar and your Happy Meal toy ban. But it appears that voters are fairly solidly behind the latest City Hall plan to make us healthier: Supervisor Mark Farrell’s proposal to ban chewing tobacco at every ballpark in the city, including AT&T Park.
A new poll by market researcher Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates shows about two-thirds of city voters support the proposal. The telephone survey of 503 city voters was conducted in late March and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.
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