The Risks of Chewing Tobacco

Posted on April 25, 2011


Last month the Boston Public Health Commission, along with other health officials from 14 other cities, requested that smokeless tobacco be banned from all Major League games. Chewing tobacco, also known as smokeless tobacco, kills 400,000 people each year. Like cigarettes, it contains nicotine which is absorbed through the lining of the mouth. There are an additional 30 cancer –causing substances in chewing tobacco, and long term use can lead to serious health problems.


In their video, “The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacoo”, the Boston Globe gives great insight as to why smokeless tobacco should be prohibited in Major League Baseball. Check out the video below:


To read about how the Boston Public Health Commission has reached out to the MLB click here . For your chance to knock tobacco out of the park, learn more about the  Tobacco Free Baseball campaign.


If you’d like more resources on chewing tobacco call the mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.