Councilman Jose Huizar, who authored the motion, said chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer. Not only does it affect ball players who use the product, it also “affects our young people and those who want to emulate their idols,” he said.Councilman Paul Koretz noted the product has long been popular among players who often stand around in the field and needed something to calm their nerves.“Baseball players have been endorsing chewing tobacco for decades and decades,” he said, and those endorsements have “had a significant impact in the continuing use of chewing tobacco.”Also in support of the ban was Councilman Paul Krekorian, who noted that “even if chewing smokeless tobacco is on the decline … and even if it’s not as popular in baseball as it once was, this step forward is a great opportunity for us to send the message to kids again: don’t start this, don’t start tobacco in any of its forms.”The proposed ordinance would affect venues where sports games are organized by youth, school, park and other groups. The council’s Health, Mental Health and Education Committee Tuesday morning amended the original motion — which would have only affected baseball game venues — to expand the proposed ban to venues where other organized sports games are played, as well as baseball.Huizar said the change was recommended by city attorneys to make the ordinance more “robust.”Huizar and supporters of the motion pointed to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concluding that high school athletes use smokeless tobacco at nearly twice the rate of non-athletes, and that smokeless tobacco use among athletes increased from 2001 to 2013, even as smoking rates dropped dramatically during the same period.Smokeless tobacco use among male high school athletes was at 17.4 percent in 2013, according to Huizar’s office.Smokeless tobacco contains cancer-causing chemicals, is linked to oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer as well as other mouth-related health problems, and could result in nicotine addiction, Huizar said. LOS ANGELES >> The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to ban smokeless tobacco products from all venues in Los Angeles where amateur and professional baseball and other sports are played.The council voted 14-0 to instruct the City Attorney’s Office to prepare an ordinance prohibiting smokeless tobacco, also referred to as “chewing tobacco,” at stadiums, fields and other venues where organized sports, including baseball, are played.The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement expressing their support for the ban.“Major League Baseball has long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level and the Los Angeles Dodgers fully support the Los Angeles city tobacco ordinance and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,” the statement said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
CLEAR LAKE — A Mason City woman is under arrest after being accused of trashing a Clear Lake hotel room and being found with drugs.32-year-old Jennifer Lindquist is accused of breaking furniture, the window and an air unit while yelling and screaming out the window, as well as throwing articles out the window at the America’s Best Value Inn at 1306 North 25th Street in Clear Lake early Wednesday morning.When officers arrived after responding at about 2:40 AM, Lindquist was the only person in the room, and they allegedly found a half-smoked marijuana roach on a counter near the door, as well as one gram of methamphetamine in her purse and on her person while being arrested.Lindquist was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. She’s being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2000 bond.