Boston Bans Chewing Tobacco at Fenway

Ban carries $250 fine

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Boston Red Sox's Jonny Gomes expels tobacco juice / AP


The city of Boston has banned chewing tobacco at all baseball stadiums, including Fenway Park, and will slap players with a $250 fine if they violate the ban.

WCVB 5 reports:

Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly called dip, chew or snuff. […]

The ban prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco on all ball fields where professional, collegiate, high school or amateur sports are played. Violators will face a $250 fine.

Aside from the fine, Fenway will be riddled with no dipping signs as a result of the ban. Signs will be posted in "dugouts, bullpens, training rooms, locker rooms, press boxes, television and radio broadcast booths, and bathrooms throughout the sports venues."

Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell has called chewing tobacco a baseball "tradition," and slugger David Ortiz dips every time he steps up to the plate.

Mayor Marty Walsh said he signed the ban "for the children."

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Elizabeth Harrington is a senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for Her email address is Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.

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