CHICAGO (CBS) — A City Council committee has recommended passage of an ordinance to ban smokeless tobacco from Chicago sports stadiums – most prominently, at Cubs and White Sox games.
Finance Committee Chair Ald. Edward Burke (14th) said he and Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) introduced the proposed ban for health reasons. The measure would prohibit smokeless tobacco products at all amateur and professional sporting events in Chicago.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
“The goal of the prohibition will be to deter the use of our city from mimicking their sports heroes and using smokeless tobacco,” he said.
In what might have been a first, a sitting U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, testified in favor of the ordinance. He noted San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston already have such bans.READ MORE: Chicago Night Clubs Gear Up For Looser COVID-19 Restrictions As State Prepares To Enter Bridge Phase
“I think it’s a step forward for public health to protect our kids, and we’ll finally knock tobacco out of the ballpark,” he said.