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“It’s time that we act:” Alderman proposes smokeless tobacco ban at Miller Park, other sports venues

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy has proposed a “smokeless tobacco ban” at Miller Park and other sports venues, according to a news release.

The proposal will be discussed Thursday morning during a meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety Committee.

“I welcome members of the public to attend our hearing this Thursday to discuss my proposed smokeless tobacco ban in Milwaukee. It’s time that we act on warnings from our public health experts and join other cities in this ban,” Murphy said in the statement.

According to the statement, the proposed ordinance would ban the use of smokeless tobacco at all sporting venues throughout the city of Milwaukee. It would especially affect MLB players with fines up to $250 for using smokeless tobacco at Miller Park.

According to the release, Milwaukee Brewers officials have said this about the proposal: “We fully support this initiative, and want to set an example for all Brewers fans in understanding the dangers of smokeless tobacco.”

Public health experts – including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. National Cancer Institute and World Health Organization – have all concluded that smokeless tobacco use is dangerous, the release states. Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 known carcinogens and causes oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer. The product also causes nicotine addiction and other serious health problems like gum disease, tooth decay and mouth lesions.

According to the release, this proposed legislation follows a national trend. A number of other cities, including San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have already banned smokeless tobacco at ballparks. A statewide law in California will take effect before the 2017 season, and once all of these laws are implemented, at least one-third of Major League stadiums will be tobacco-free.


  • Lana

    Alderman Murphy-How about putting your effort to help reduce the violence in Milwaukee and making it a safer place to be? What’s next, are you going to ban fast food and buffet restaurant? Or limit people’s food intake? Milwaukee has many pressing issues to resolve…smokeless tobacco is the least of your concern.

    • TODD

      I am in total agreement with you Lana. If alderman Michael Murphy is proposing a public safety hazard like smokeless tobacco, then he better be ready to ban alcohol. Lets see how willing he is to stand behind his proposal for public safety!!!!!!! Murphy!!!!!! your proposal doesn’t sound at all like your intention is to protect the public. I’ll be waiting to hear about how your negotiations with Miller brewery is going……….

  • mike1775

    I am so sick and tired of having other people think that they should lead their lives for others. Stay out of my business! It is a legal product and if I choose to use it, stay the f**k out of my life!!

  • Huh !

    Why does our government find another way necessary to protect us from our choices of enjoyment, and do or say nothing about crime and injustice ???

  • Paul

    Hey Murphy. Ban drinking at Brewer games. A perso using smokeless tabacco is only harming themselves. Drunks kill and mame others. If you going to waste time and money on this issue, at least go for the homerun. Shows some balls.

  • Nate L

    The use of smokeless tobacco only affects the user, unlike cigarette smoke affecting everyone around him or her. The only output is spit. Yes, disgusting, but it is usually contained. Why is there such a big push to ban the public use of a product, when the user knows the possible side effects? Let people live their lives. There are bigger problems to address.

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