This bill would prohibit a person located in the same park or facility where a youth sports event is taking place from using a tobacco product, as defined, within 250 feet of the youth sports event, as defined, and make a violation an infraction punishable by a fine of $250 for each violation. The bill would make the use of tobacco on private property subject to those prohibitions. The bill would state that its provisions do not preempt the authority of any county, city, or city and county to regulate the use of tobacco products around a youth sports event. By establishing a new crime, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
AAP Positional Letter
August 22, 2016
The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor of California
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 977 (Pan) Tobacco: youth sports events
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Governor Brown:
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing nearly 5,000 primary care and subspecialty pediatricians statewide, is proud to support SB 977 (Pan). SB 977 would prohibit the use of products containing tobacco and nicotine within 250 feet of any youth sporting event.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Statement on Tobacco Use: A Pediatric Disease provides the following overview of the extremely dangerous, harmful and costly effects of tobacco use:
“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and illness in the United States, causing more than 443000 deaths each year. The consequences of tobacco use include harms to the health of the fetus, such as low birth weight and sudden infant death; harms to children from tobacco use and secondhand tobacco-smoke (SHS) exposure, including respiratory illness, infection, and decreased lung function; the uptake and establishment of tobacco use and nicotine addiction by the next generation; fires attributable to smoking; the economic costs of purchasing tobacco and tobacco-use materials; litter and debris from tobacco products; additional cleaning and maintenance of facilities in which tobacco is used; the health care and emotional costs of diseases associated with tobacco use and SHS exposure; and the costs to families and society because of poor health and lost productivity.”
Consistent with SB 977, National AAP policy recommends smoke-free environment ordinances and legislation for environments in which children learn, live, and play. These areas should be smoke-free even when children are not present. This bill represents an evidence-based, reasonable. and important step to protect and promote the health and well-being of children and the public health of our communities.
Pediatricians, therefore, respectfully urge you to sign SB 977 and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families in California.
Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics, California
CC: Stuart Cohen, AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership