The long-standing combination of baseball and chewing tobacco will no longer be allowed in San Francisco.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance Friday that bans the use of smokeless tobacco at all sporting venues in the city, which includes AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The ordinance, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, makes it illegal for anyone — including players — to use smokeless tobacco at the venues.
San Francisco is the first city in the nation to enact such a restriction on the use of smokeless tobacco.
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy applauded the decision: “It’s a step in the right direction,” he told the team’s website. “I think it can be a good thing. It’s going to be hard to enforce. It’s a tough habit to break.”