Five MLB teams ban tobacco for the 2016 season



Juan Uribe getting his pre batting practice dose of tobacco.

With baseball season starting this past weekend, the topic of tobacco has become a concern; in New York, the city council has passed a law that bans the use of smokeless tobacco at all ticketed park stadiums and sports arenas, according to Fox News.

The city council voted on Tuesday, March 22 on whether or not to pass the ban on tobacco. The council decided by a vote of 44 to 3 that both New York baseball stadiums ban the use of tobacco.

This ban has taken place in five cities; Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.

According to CNN, “The Chicago ban will cost those who violate it between $100 to $250 for each time they are cited. But the teams could also be at legal risk since the law states that those who own, operate or otherwise control a stadium where smokeless tobacco is used can be subject to a $2,500 fine for the third violation of the law within a year, and a 60-day suspension of their license to operate.”

One of the many reasons for the new ban on tobacco was for the children of the game. If they see the star baseball player on the field spitting tobacco, then that kid thinks it is therefore also acceptable for them to start chewing tobacco.

“We strongly believe that children should not be exposed to smokeless tobacco or see such products being used by their on-field sports heroes,” said Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

But some of the players say it’s going to a lot harder to shake the habit of tobacco. Red Sox’s designated hitter David Ortiz says this is a habit he picked up in the minor leagues and he can’t break it.

“I use it as a stimulator when I go to hit,” Ortiz said. “But the minute I finish my at-bat I spit it out. It keeps me smooth and puts me in a good mood. I don’t do it in the offseason. I don’t really like it that much, to be honest with you.”