San Francisco axes baseball tradition by outlawing smokeless tobacco

(CNN) — Chewing tobacco has long been a tradition in baseball, but that tradition could be on its way out in one big-league city.

San Francisco on Friday banned smokeless tobacco at all sports venues, including AT&T Park, home of the city’s Major League Baseball team, the Giants.

It makes the city the first in the nation with such a restriction.

The bill is intended to “send a simple and strong message — tobacco use in sports will no longer harm our youth, or our health,” said Mark Farrell of the Board of Supervisors, who sponsored the bill.

The ban could leave baseball players searching their pockets for a pack of gum.

According to an article posted on the Giants webpage, team manager Bruce Bochy said, “It’s a step in the right direction.” “I think it can be a good thing. It’s going to be hard to enforce. It’s a…

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