Major League Baseball Limits Players' Use of TobaccoMajor League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association announced a 5-year collective bargaining agreement on November 22 that includes limits on smokeless tobacco use.
The agreement prohibits players, managers, and coaches from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews, club appearances, or other events where fans are permitted. In addition, players, managers, and coaches may not carry tobacco packages or tins when fans are in the ballpark. Individuals who violate the policy will be subject to discipline.
The agreement also expands tobacco education programs for players and calls for a program of education and public outreach on the dangers of smokeless tobacco.
The effort to promote "tobacco-free baseball" is supported by numerous national health and medical organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as many youth organizations, researchers, public health organizations and others. More information about the effort can be found online.
Further reading: "House Committee Convenes Hearing on Smokeless Tobacco"
NCI Cancer Bulletin for November 29, 2011 - National Cancer Institute