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Record #: O2016-1755   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 3/16/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 3/16/2016
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 7-32 by prohibiting use of smokeless tobacco at sites for professional and amateur baseball and other sporting events
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Thompson, Patrick D., Burnett, Jr., Walter, Silverstein, Debra L., O'Shea, Matthew J., Reboyras, Ariel, Tunney, Thomas, Maldonado, Roberto
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 32 Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance of 2005
Attachments: 1. O2016-1755.pdf

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6 (a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including promoting the quality of life and the welfare of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, for over the past two decades, the number of persons smoking cigarettes has decreased in the United States, however according to reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and surveys of high school students, the use of smokeless tobacco among today's youth has only slightly decreased since 2001; and

WHEREAS, a greater percentage of young people are currently trying and using smokeless tobacco, and the CDC has reported that nationwide, 14.7 percent of high-school boys and 8.8 percent of all high-school students have reported using smokeless tobacco products in 2013; and

WHEREAS, each year, over a half of a million children, ages 12 to 17, try smokeless tobacco for the first time; and

WHEREAS, public health authorities, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Cancer Institute, have found that smokeless tobacco use is hazardous to one's health and it can also lead to nicotine addiction just like cigarette smoking; and

WHEREAS, the National Cancer Institute states that chewing tobacco and snuff contain twenty-eight (28) cancer-causing agents and its prolonged use can cause oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer; and

WHEREAS, smokeless tobacco products are widely advertised and promoted, with the top-five smokeless tobacco companies in the United States almost tripling their total advertising and marketing expenditures from 1998 to 2012 (the most recent year for which data is available). The Federal Trade Commission has reported that in 2012, these smokeless tobacco companies spent $435.7 million dollars in advertising and promotional efforts for...

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