Target Field tobacco ban exempts players

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Target Field may go completely tobacco-free for fans due to a proposed ban at the Twins ballpark, but it will not cover the players, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority, which oversees Target Field, officially announced the new policy at its quarterly meeting Friday.

Twins spokesman Kevin Smith said Friday that the collective bargaining agreement under which players operate doesn't explicitly bar them from smoking or using tobacco while playing, according to the Tribune.

However, the Tribune said players are obligated, to keep their tobacco use to themselves, he said. They can't be seen smoking on TV, and even the outline of a jar of snuff in a player's pocket cannot be seen, Smith said.

According to the the Tribune, the Twins have a no-reentry rule, meaning that smokers who want to leave for a smoke will not be allowed back in. The smoking ban applies to any event at Target Field, whether it's a concert or a private gathering such as a wedding, the Tribune said.

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