Lonely Planet Writer

Boston mayor wants to ban chewing tobacco at ballparks

The mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh, is taking on the tradition of chewing tobacco at baseball parks.

Fenway Park, Boston.
Fenway Park, Boston. Image by Chris Kelly / CC BY 2.0

On Wednesday the mayor is expected to announce his plan to ban the practise from all ballparks in the city, including Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball ballpark in the United States. If the proposal passes through the city’s council, the ban would come into effect on 1 April 2016. Smokeless tobacco is enjoyed by many baseball players, and of the 58 Red Sox players, 21 have admitted to the habit. Walsh said of the reason behind the ban, ‘a lot of times, young people will copy what their sports heroes do, and clearly there is a connection between chewing tobacco and cancer.’ If the proposal is accepted, Boston would become the second city after San Francisco to impose a ban on chewing tobacco at ballparks. Read more: bostonglobe.com