- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Assembly has approved legislation that would ban the use of chewing tobacco at California ballparks.

Lawmakers approved AB768 by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, a Richmond Democrat, on a 42-25 vote Thursday.

Thurmond says the bill would ensure that children would not see their professional baseball heroes using smokeless tobacco during ball games.

The legislation is part of an effort this year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids based in Washington, D.C.

It also targeted the city of San Francisco, which became the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco on playing fields last month. It includes AT&T; Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

Thurmond’s bill originally called for a ban on e-cigarettes as well, but it was modified. The legislation advances to the state Senate.

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