Legislation Bans Smokeless Tobacco in Seattle-Area Stadiums
The King County Board of Health today unanimously adopted a county-wide regulation prohibiting the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional sporting events in King County. This will complete the full ban of tobacco use of any kind at Century Link and Safeco fields, as well as Key Arena.
“I was moved by the testimony from the young Mariners fans who testified before the Board of Health. They made perfectly clear that watching their heroes chew smokeless tobacco conflicted with their understanding of the dangerous substance,” said Board of Health Chair Rod Dembowski. “They effectively persuaded the Board of Health that it was time for action.”
The regulation, sponsored by Dembowski and Board of Health Vice Chair Sally Bagshaw, received support from both the Seattle Mariners and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a national advocacy organization. The new regulation makes Safeco Field the 15th Major League Baseball stadium to become completely tobacco-free.