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Major Health Orgs to MLB

Tony Gwynn Is Dead

So Now's the Time to Ban Smokeless Tobacco

6/25/2014 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nine major health organizations are calling on commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball to totally ban tobacco from ballparks ASAP ... in the wake of Tony Gwynn's death.

TMZ Sports has obtained a letter sent by the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and seven other major health orgs ... calling on MLB to honor Gwynn's memory by issuing a blanket prohibition on tobacco at the ballpark.

They write, "It is time to take tobacco out of baseball once and for all -- both for the health of baseball players and to set the right example for America's kids."

In 2011, MLB put in certain restrictions on smokeless tobacco, but it's not an all-out ban.

With Gwynn's passing, several players -- including Addison Reed of the Diamondbacks and Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals -- have announced they are quitting dip.

Gwynn passed away last week at the age of 54 after battling salivary gland cancer, which he blamed on years of using smokeless tobacco.

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You can ban something, but the best way to deal with it is to educate the people as to how bad it is. ALL tobacco is bad. There is no 'safe' way to use it.

98 days ago

The Maharincess of Franistan    

MLB has tried to ban the use of smokeless tobacco for years. Thirty years ago they had Joe Garagiola visiting spring training camps talking to players. The use of it has dropped considerably with only a small percentage of players still using it. Tony Gwynn was one of MLB's great gentlemen. I hope that his passingwill inspire those still using smokeless tobacco products to quit.

98 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

So now they want to make tobacco a banned sub? Idiots. Sorry for the loss of Tony Gwynn, but players can make their own decisions.

98 days ago


Today in BANNING. Fark the nanny state.

98 days ago


Seems like a no brainer.

98 days ago


This is no different then having smokes in the dugout. I say ban all tobacco. Young high school kids see the pros use some less tobacco and think it is cool. If players complain about a tobacco ban tuff luck. They can do what ever they want away from the field. Time for some players to grow up and they should thank their lucky stars they make that kind of money playing baseball.

98 days ago


They shouldn't have to ban it. Everyone knows how bad smokeless tobacco is and it's really disgusting. Everyone should just quit on their own.

98 days ago

L. Ron Hubbard    

These "charities" should be forced by law to spend most of the money they recieve to go the the "cause" they claim they promote instead of going to pay for "administration" . The ACS is one of those "charities" with large administrative costs!

98 days ago


Tobacco Bad. HGH Good!

98 days ago


No more laws that take away ones freedom to choose. Once the government gets their claws into a channel of revenue, you can never stop it. It was his choice to use tobacco even with all the major warnings. He did it to himself!

98 days ago


Ban, Ban, Ban, Ban......

Do NOT let your Freedom of CHOICE be taken.

Let people make up their OWN minds.
Cause once you keep banning... they'll ban stuff like how much Soda you can drink.... oh yea, they tried that.

Stop the BANNING!

Free Choice!

98 days ago


If people want to kill themselves slowly, that is on them. I like my teeth and gums, but banning things just makes me want to do them.

98 days ago

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