Here's a little nugget for you to chew on...the Yankees and Mets have weighed in on their take on smokeless tobacco and they say, no chew allowed. According to the New York Times report Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco, the Yankees and Mets would support a bill that would ban smokeless tobacco from their respective stadiums.
"If New York passes this bill, and I think it will, it moves us dramatically closer to the day when smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all major league cities,” said Matthew Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids." New York City has been at the forefront of taking a stand on healthy initiatives by placing stricter requirements on food and drink purchasing and offerings.
Why is this important?
Well it is another step in the right direction for health and wellness. As many organizations look to reward their employees for taking care of themselves, this smokeless tobacco initiative fits right in line with a healthy body. "The effort has achieved results. Starting this season, smokeless tobacco will be banned in three of baseball’s most notable sites: AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston. Players will be barred from using the substance both on the field and in the clubhouse," stated the same article.
How many players would this affect if the ban went into effect for all of Major League Baseball? You'd probably be surprised to know that as many as a third of players use smokeless tobacco. I know I was surprised. In fact a number of young Met and Yankee players are among the one third.
David Wright who does not use smokeless tobacco, stated, "We are role models and the last thing we want is for an underage kid to begin using because they watched their favorite players do it.” The New York City Council, is set to introduce a bill this Friday and the ban will extend to other public facilities in the five boroughs. Stay tuned! Health is on the way!
--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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