Los Angeles Times

Governor to consider banning smoking near youth sports events

August 25, 2016

By Patrick McGreevy

Having already signed several anti-tobacco bills this year, Gov. Jerry Brown will also get to decide whether to ban smoking within 250 feet of Little League baseball games and other youth sports events.

The latest bill was approved Thursday by the state Senate and sent to Brown, who previously raised the smoking age to 21 and designated electronic cigarettes as tobacco products subject to bans on use in restaurants and other public places where smoking is banned.

The new proposal is by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, who said youth sports events are meant to promote healthy living, which is undermined by smoking. He also said secondhand smoke is a health risk.

“This is a measure to protect our public health,” said Pan, whose SB 977 also applies to electronic cigarettes.