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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports fields, including in the city’s iconic baseball park.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban Chewing Tobacco From Baseball Fields - BuzzFeed News

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum puts chewing tobacco in his mouth during a baseball game in 2009. David Denoma / Reuters

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban all tobacco products from athletic venues, including AT&T Park.

San Francisco is the first city in the nation to approve such a measure, said Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ President Matthew Myers in a statement.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban Chewing Tobacco From Baseball Fields - BuzzFeed News

Ottawa Lynx pitcher Anthony Telford spits a stream of chewing tobacco juice from his mouth during his a game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1996. David Carson / Associated Press

The measure specifically targets baseball players at AT&T Park, where tobacco is still chewed and then spit onto the field.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell said children view athletes as role models, and that they do not want to send the message that chewing tobacco is OK or even necessary to become a great ballplayer, according to the Associated Press.

The ordinance needs another formal vote from the board next week, and then it will go to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to sign. The ordinance would then take effect on Jan. 1.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban Chewing Tobacco From Baseball Fields - BuzzFeed News

A ball and chewing tobacco on the ground at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Jeffrey Phelps / Getty Images

Chewing tobacco was banned from Minor League Baseball in 1993, but is still allowed for players with Major League Baseball contracts.

Myers said that they hope that all of Major League Baseball will be tobacco-free by 2016.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban Chewing Tobacco From Baseball Fields - BuzzFeed News

Tony Gwynn holds his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque during induction ceremonies in 2007. Mike Groll / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In June 2014, Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, 54, died of oral cancer. He attributed his cancer to years of “dipping” on the right side of his mouth.

The news sent shockwaves through the baseball community and as a result many players decided to quit on their own, the AP reported.

Source: buzzfeed.com