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Smokeless Tobacco at Miller Park: YER OUT!!!!!

(December 9, 2016)

The Milwaukee Brewers and other city of Milwaukee sports venues will “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park” in 2017. The Milwaukee City Council voted in November to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products at sporting events. Smokeless tobacco products include chew, dip and snuff. While the ordinance will impact all sports venues, but the biggest impact will be felt at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

“Knock Tobacco Out of the Park” is an effort led by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and supported by the Lung Association and other tobacco control partners to eliminate the use of smokeless tobacco products in major league baseball. Professional baseball players serve as role models to many of our nation’s youth and the ordinance sends a powerful message to kids that baseball and tobacco don’t mix.

The Brewers will become the seventh city to enact an ordinance. Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC also have laws in place prohibiting tobacco use. With the addition of Milwaukee and the Brewers, 12 of the nation’s 30 Major League stadiums will be tobacco free.

Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy introduced the ordinance. The Public Safety Committee passed it unanimously, and the final full council vote was 41 -1. We thank Alderman Murphy for his leadership, and the council for recognizing the impact that Major League Baseball plays on the development of vulnerable youth.

Recently, as part of the collective bargaining process, major league baseball announced a new prohibition on smokeless tobacco use by NEW ball players starting with the 2017 season, however the policy will not affect current players.

Learn about “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park.”

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