Smokeless tobacco ban, say Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh– Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, calling for a ban on dip, snuff and chewing tobacco. From storied Fenway Park to youth baseball diamonds across the city, Wednesday.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected to announce plans to prohibit use of the smokeless tobacco at the city’s baseball parks and other professional and amateur sports venues. Walsh said he will file an ordinance with the City Council next week that would impose the ban starting April 1, 2016.
Smokeless tobacco had a long history in baseball, but its negative effect have become more pronounced in recent years. Last season, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn lost his bout with salivary gland cancer attributed to chewing tobacco use. Curt Schilling has recently revealed that he has undergone extensive radiation treatments to his fight with oral cancer.
Schilling joined Walsh at a South Boston baseball diamond to talk about the proposal. If approved, it would make Boston the second U.S. city to ban so-called “smokeless tobacco” products. San Francisco became the first earlier this year.
“Kids shouldn’t have to watch their role models using tobacco, either at a neighborhood park or on TV,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Ball fields are places for mentoring and healthy development. They’re no place for cancer-causing substances.”
Cigarette smoking has been on the decline in the U.S., but smokeless tobacco use among youth has remained relatively steady in recent years, Dr. Howard Koh, a former U.S. assistant secretary for health said. “Smokeless tobacco is not harmless, all of this is preventable. We can do something about this,” he added.
The Surgeon General and the National Cancer Institute say smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals that can lead to oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer and other health problems like heart disease, gum disease and tooth decay.IMAGE/wgbhnews.org