Nationals’ Bryce Harper drew attention earlier this year when fans saw his cheek packed with what turned out to be an herbal mixture. Despite the Major League Baseball (MLB) restrictions on using chewing tobacco during televised interviews (but notably not during the game) and on carrying tobacco packages in uniform pockets, little progress has been made to disassociate baseball and chewing tobacco.
The MLB player’s union has stood firm in its opposition to banning smokeless tobacco use despite health concerns and last summer’s passing of hall of famer Tony Gwynn, who attributed salivary gland cancer to his smokeless tobacco use. The union’s argument is a common one when it comes to tobacco control opposition – personal choice. New players off the field, however, are... more