California Students Take A Stand Against Tobacco Use At Sporting Events

no-smokingA new bill was recently introduced in California that aims to prohibit cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products within 250 feet of youth sporting events.

Violators using tobacco products at any game, practice, or activity organized by a youth sports team in California with athletes under the age of 18 present would be subject to a $100 fine.

What’s so unique about this bill? Its origin!

The idea was thought up by an eighth grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Elk Grove.

Students were asked to brainstorm and draft a bill as part of their election unit during a social studies class. The class eventually pitched their idea to State Senator Richard Pan.

“We want to make sure that youth sports are about promoting good habits, promoting the kind of habits that lead to success and good health and tobacco is no part of that,” said Pan after formally sponsoring the bill.

As the bill moves through the Capitol, the students will continue to assist with research, testimonials, and lobbying efforts.

Would you like to see a bill like this proposed in your state? Let us know what you think of the 250 feet ban idea in the comments section below!

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Kris Baker

Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.