Mayor de Blasio, shown here throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day 2014, signed legislation Wednesday banning chewing tobacco from Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.
As baseball season kicked off, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Wednesday a ban on chewing tobacco at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
The law, which takes effect immediately, makes smokeless tobacco illegal at all sports arenas and recreational venues that issue tickets.
“Many people think that smokeless tobacco is harmless. They see athletes using it. They think there’s no consequences. Well, unfortunately that’s not true,” de Blasio said. “Tobacco in any form is fundamentally dangerous. Smokeless tobacco is linked to serious negative health outcomes including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and gum disease.”
Nearly one in three MLB players use chewing tobacco, which has already been banned in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
An estimated 30% of Major League Baseball players use the substance, which has already been banned in Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
De Blasio, a Red Sox fan, noted he made the move “as an absolutely rabid baseball fan. I love the sport. I think it’s a beautiful thing. I think people need to be healthy and I think athletes are role models, especially for young people.”