(DNAINFO) Maya Rajamani | March 23, 2016 — Councilman Corey Johnson proposed a ban on the product back in February.
Big Apple ballplayers may keep spitting on the field during games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field — but it won’t be because of chewing tobacco.
On Tuesday, the City Council passed legislation banning players and fans from using smokeless tobacco products inside New York City baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation spaces by a 44-3 vote.
Councilman Corey Johnson, whose district includes Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, first introduced the bill in February, in line with a larger campaign to make Major League Baseball tobacco-free.
“Today we’re taking tobacco out of baseball in New York City,” Johnson said in a statement. “When athletes who are role models to children are regularly shown on TV using smokeless tobacco, that sends a harmful message.”