Take Action to Knock Tobacco Out of the Park!

Posted on March 31, 2011

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There is no better day to take action than on Major League Baseball opening day. Earlier this week the Mayor’s Health Line featured a blog on the Boston Public Health Commission’s role in banning chewing tobacco from all MLB games. Now Tobacco Free Baseball gives you a chance to speak up.

 

“The use of smokeless tobacco harms players and millions of kids who look up to them. Smokeless tobacco has been found to cause oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, cardiovascular disease, gum disease, tooth decay and mouth lesions. It has also been linked to other forms of cancer.

 

Young fans imitate big league players. The widespread use of smokeless tobacco at the ballpark and in televised games sets a terrible example.

 

Smokeless tobacco use among high school boys is spiking – there has been a 36 percent increase since 2003 and 15 percent of high school boys currently use smokeless tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

Tobacco Free Baseball is asking that Major League Baseball and the players union to agree to a prohibition on tobacco use in the contract that takes effect in 2012. Here is your chance to act, follow these easy steps to ask your favorite team to join the campaign.

 

  1. Find your favorite team here

  2. Fill out the necessary information and personalize your message

  3. Press send, it is as easy as that!

 

Tobacco Free Baseball also provides you with all the tools and resources you need to help you in your local efforts. Remember, it does not take much time to make a big difference, take action today.

 

For more information on chewing tobacco call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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