A new proposed tobacco ban in California would be the first of its kind. Tobacco use would be banned at all baseball venues in California under a bill proposed by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond. Under the plan by the Richmond Democrat, anyone violating the ban would be cited, including ballplayers.
Tobacco use has been banned in the minor leagues and a handfull of major league parks ban use in the stands. This would, however, be the first time such a ban would include players.
The bills supporters believe that such a ban would help prevent young people from taking up the habit. Smokeless tobacco use has declined, but not at the same rate that smoking has.