A new tobacco ban would fine players caught using smokeless tobacco at Wrigley Field—home of the Chicago Cubs—or U.S. Cellular Field—home of the Chicago White Sox.
According to a report by ESPN.com, catcher Miguel Montero, pitcher John Lackey and manager Joe Maddon, were among baseball players expressing disappointment that the city of Chicago is telling players they aren’t allowed to use a legal substance.
On March 16, 2016, Chicago became the fourth city to ban smokeless tobacco at sports venues, joining San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. The law—set to go into effect in 90 days—also raises the legal age for tobacco use and increased taxes on other tobacco products like cigars, smokeless and pipe tobacco.
California has approved the same stadium restrictions, and New York will vote Tuesday on the same measure.
A first smokeless tobacco offense at a baseball stadium will result in a fine of not less than $250. A second offense would bring a $500 fine, and subsequent violations occurring within one year of the first offense would bring fines of “not less than $2,500,” ESPN reported.
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