Senators and Health officials join hands to declare a Tobacco ban in Baseball

10/19/11 in MLB   |   JamesSmith23   |   1413 respect

The U.S. senators and health officials are ready for a head on collision with a baseball tradition that’s older than the World Series, rather older than the dirt itself; chewing tobacco.

The Series is scheduled to begin this Wednesday between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. The senators and health officials want the Players Union and the League to agree banning on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

 

According to reports, the senators and health officials handed in their pleas separately on Tuesday. “When players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger not only their own health, but also the health of millions of children who follow their example,” the senators wrote in the letter to the union head Michael Weiner.

 

Sources have confirmed that the letter was signed by Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate and other fellow Democrats such as Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. It was also signed by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Senate Health Committee Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa.

The senators made their case by saying that millions of people will tune in to watch the World Series, which includes children. Therefore, chewing tobacco in front of them would be an irresponsible and bad act. They wrote, “Unfortunately, as these young fans root for their favorite team and players, they also will watch their on-field heroes use smokeless tobacco products.”

“It's going to be kind of hard to ban that,” Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison said. “They probably would have a big fight on their hands for that. ... They can hide it a little bit better, I guess -- not be doing it in the dugout and showing it where kids can watch and stuff. But I think it's kind of like your own freedom. If that's what you want to do, then you do it.”

 

Baseball’s present collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in December this year. The senators, some government officials and public health groups want the Players Union and League to agree upon a tobacco ban in the next contract. The coalition also includes; the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association. The movement has picked a lot of pace in the past year.

 

“Such an agreement would protect the health of players and be a great gift to your young fans,” the senators wrote. To gain more support and spread awareness, Durbin also sent copies of the letter to the Player Representatives for his home state teams, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs. He also sent the letter to representatives from the Cardinals.

 

In the senate speech on Tuesday, Durbin said, “Let's not let the health and safety of young baseball fans across America be a bargaining chip between the major league players and the owners. Let's win one for the kids across America.”

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10/25/12   |   texas_tornado4261   |   84383 respect

JenX63 wrote:
"I think it's kind of like your own freedom. If that's what you want to do, then you do it.”

Matt Harrison said it perfectly.

It is your own freedom.  It's not illegal, and regardless, if they want to do it, they will find a way.
You can't stop kids from seeing "anyone and everyone" from chewing or smoking tobacco.
I think their are other issues they could better use the money on.....

10/24/12   |   JenX63   |   32752 respect

"I think it's kind of like your own freedom. If that's what you want to do, then you do it.”

Matt Harrison said it perfectly.

10/24/12   |   smithjohngi

I guess -- not be doing it in the dugout and showing it where kids can watch and stuff. But I think it's kind of like your own freedom. If that's what you want to do, then you do it View news.”

10/26/11   |   italysqueenie   |   1278 respect

JenX63 wrote:
I understand the whole role model thing, but isnt that what parents are for?

Id realy like to think its what the parents are for.. but In the US we all know that alot of the parents dont show their kids right from wrong.....so we should all do our part to convey it to the younger generations.....Trust me Im a smoker.. and I dont condone it in any way...

10/24/11   |   janet011685   |   25875 respect

It's not illegal, so I don't think it's really the league's place to ban it.  

10/23/11   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

They will do this.................meanwhile in households and ball parks everywhere parents will continue to smoke and drink legally in front of their kids. 


This is stupid. 

10/23/11   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25291 respect

kramer wrote:
I can understand why they want to ban tobacco in baseball though.  These guys are role models to young kids all across America.  When the little boy playing tee ball sees his idol chewing tobacco, he thinks it's okay, not knowing the dangers tobacco leads to.

If only the children had adults in a role of authority.. I guess like a mentor, or I suppose parent would be a good word for it..
Kramer are you really a 40 year old housewife?

10/20/11   |   JenX63   |   32752 respect

I understand the whole role model thing, but isnt that what parents are for?

10/20/11   |   SickPuppy   |   20406 respect

I'll go along with the chewing tobacco ban .... if the senators will ban lobbyists and ban corporations from making political contributions ---- it's worse for the health of the US than chewing tobacco is

10/19/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I can understand why they want to ban tobacco in baseball though.  These guys are role models to young kids all across America.  When the little boy playing tee ball sees his idol chewing tobacco, he thinks it's okay, not knowing the dangers tobacco leads to.

10/19/11   |   woody050681   |   13689 respect

 F**k you Senate!! I'm so tired of those lazy asses wasting time with s**t like this, when they should be working on fixing this sorry ass economy.

Stop wasting taxpayers money on someone's stupid agenda. The last time I checked this was still America and tobacco is legal. If adults don't want kids to use tobacco here's an idea: How about the parents step in and do it 

10/19/11   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

How dumb.

Just because they are athletes is no reason to take legal substance away from them. It's there lungs/ gums they have the right to destroy them if they want, just as I do.

10/19/11   |   italysqueenie   |   1278 respect

I think its a great idea..!
 
And since they are roll models to so many youths.

Its just one less game or sport that showcases the use of tabbacco... Im glad !!!!