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Alderman Michael Murphy told Outside the Lines that the Milwaukee Common Council voted 14-1 Tuesday to approve the bill he proposed to prohibit smokeless tobacco use at city sports venues, including Miller Park. Murphy said he expects the mayor to soon sign it into law. Washington's city council took similar action last month. The two cities would join San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago in enacting such measures. A statewide law goes into effect next year in California, affecting MLB ballparks in Anaheim, Oakland and San Diego. "We're sending the message that smokeless tobacco is unacceptable in professional sports, the same way we feel about cigarette smoking," Murphy said, adding that he hopes MLB and the players union adopt a league-wide ban in their current collective bargaining negotiations.