Congress urges baseball to ban smokeless tobacco |

Congress urges baseball to ban smokeless tobacco

WASHINGTON – Major League Baseball and its players union tell Congress they are willing to discuss banning smokeless tobacco during their next round of collective bargaining.

At a hearing Wednesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and Health Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, called on baseball and its players to agree to bar major leaguers from using chew, dip or similar products during games. Smokeless tobacco is banned in the minors.

Baseball’s labor contract is due to expire in December 2011.

Harvard professor Gregory Connolly said research shows about one-third of major leaguers report they use smokeless tobacco, and he says that contributes to use by youth in America.

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