You can rat out your favorite Major League baseball player for using tobacco products

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, severe restrictions have been placed upon when and where a player, manager, etc. can use tobacco products in and around the ballpark. A refresher of the new terms, via the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (by way of Hardball Talk):

Under the agreement that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced in November, big-league players, managers and coaches will no longer be able to carry a tobacco tin or package in their uniforms or on their bodies at games, or any time that fans are in the ballpark. They will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews, at autograph signings and other events where they meet fans, or at team-sponsored appearances. Violators are subject to discipline.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids argues that the “new tobacco restrictions will help change attitudes toward smokeless tobacco use by limiting the powerful imagery of big-league players using these addictive and deadly products” and I suppose the organization is somewhat correct in that conclusion. But if the new policies weren’t sufficient enough to help curb the dreaded tobacco epidemic among baseball players, there has also been a policy implemented where a Kid who is Campaigning to be Tobacco-Free (or anyone else for that matter) who catches a big leaguer or manager or whomever in the act of violating these policies can narc them out courtesy of an online form where a Good Anti-Tobacco Samaritan can report the alleged violation, including uploading documentary evidence.

Enforcement of these restrictions is essential, and we urge team managers and personnel, and league officials, to rigorously enforce them. To encourage fans to play a role and support compliance, we are asking them to report violations to the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Coalition.

Sounds grand. But remember, kids: snitches get stitches. Probably not in this case, but a tattletale is a tattletale.

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16 Comments

  1. Andy Francis

    April 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    For godsakes, these are grown men if they want to use smokless tobacco you cannot prohibit them from doing so! Yes kids want to be like their favorite baseball star, but try being a good parent and teaching them why smokless tobacco is not a good thing for their bodies. Geez people!

  2. Clint Loewenstine

    April 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I am a smokeless user. I do not and would not want my children to start this habit. That being said, enough with all this restrictions. There comes a time when a good parenting has to come into play. While I understand that these men are role models for many young people. Parents should be talking to their children about tobacco, drinking, ect.. These ballplayers are held in a higher light and should not be, as they are just men. How many of the kids that see a player with smokeless tobacco will leave a ball game and get into a vehicle with a parent that will instantly light up? Enough with big brother regulating private lives!

  3. Kwalker

    April 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I saw Anna Kournikova taking a big dip of snuff before her tennis match and then Natalie Gublis had a big ol chew when she made the turn going into #10 tee box the other day, they are going to be in trouble now…

  4. Bob Haaga

    April 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Next thing the will ban is the scratch, or bubble gum because it has too much sugar. As a fan the all the league’s are getting too dictatorship like. I don’t care if they smoke or don’t as long as it does not affect their game the only thing i care about is the time they are on the field, Ice or court. they are paid to play the sport not be an unwilling spokesperson.

  5. Bob Haaga

    April 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    One more thing how about overloading the system with bogus stuff

  6. joe jaramillo

    April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    what kgb office do you report this to?

  7. charles malia

    April 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Hey everyone you can go all the wayback to the seventies, and we were younger,only most people were being indoctrinated. In salem mass it began with
    little things then it got bigger @ bigger now 40 years later it has just about destroyed the city I grew up in. And it all seemed so well intended????? We The People must stand together and take our country back before it is destroyed.

  8. Dan B.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Chew isn’t even that bad for you… REALLY. Check out the facts http://tobaccoharmreduction.org/

    Besides, good luck catching a guy using a little snus pouch that requires no spitting… I’m sure they can sneak back on a bathroom break to change one out too… If these guys really are addicted, an unnoticable snus pouch is the least we should be worried about these grown men doing.

    • Judy Moore

      April 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Smokeless tobacco is as harmful as cigarettes. It contains all the same chemicals and cancer-causing agents. Go to sites where testimonies are given by people who chewed and now no longer have a tongue or a jaw because of cancerous tumors.
      Big Tobacco has gone to great lengths to develop products that can be “hidden” such as Snus and mint-shaped pouches. If chew tobacco was not harmful, why would tobacco companies bother?

      • Dan B.

        April 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        Smokeless tobacco is as harmful as cigarettes. It contains all the same chemicals and cancer-causing agents.

        Nope, it isn’t at ALL. Complete BS. It is in BURNED tobacco that all these cancer causing things exist. I suggest YOU read and see that mouth cancer is BARELY ANY higher in people who use it. http://tobaccoharmreduction.org/faq/smokelesstobacco.htm
        http://tobaccoharmreduction.org/faq/healtheffectsofst.htm

        This site is done by the Canadian government, far from the tobacco industry.
        Tobacco companies make money selling nicotine. They are forced to put all these warnings on because ofthe stigma of tobacco at all.

  9. Kerry Avery

    April 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    What has happened to freedom of choice? It is taken away more and more each day with stupid things such as this. This has become a country of ” I believe this way so you have to believe this way also” What a crock…

  10. Dawgdaze

    April 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Im so tired of s**t like this, athletes are NOT responsible for the behavior of MY children

  11. Mike

    April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Why don’t they start with Steroids first!

  12. gSe7eN

    April 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Let’s hope this stupid campaign is as effective as MLB steriod policy (which is to say…not effective at all.)

    Hell, if the NL MVP can test postive for juice and still win the MVP, we really don’t have anything to worry about with regards to MLB enforcing this bs.

    In grade school, I had to write an essay on tobacco use in baseball. I was the only student (which chapped the teacher’s buns, mind you, since they didn’t get ALL of the students) to say “Not only do I not care whether they smoke or rub, I encourage it if they choose to SO LONG AS they’re not spitting on the basepaths or bases.” Obviously I turned out to be a tobacco user. Except for the last part, where the oppsite is true.

    Dumb.

  13. Ngb530

    April 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I vote that everyone in america overload the sight with bogus sightings and make it crash this is complete garbage

  14. jim dandy

    April 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Does this ban include “pole smoking” Someone should tell john henry

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