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Pallone Disappointed in Major League Baseball Players' Failure to Ban Smokeless Tobacco


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Frank Pallone Tuesday released the following statement in response to the new Health and Safety Issues Addressed in Major League Baseball's New Collective Bargaining Agreement. Congressman Waxman and Congressman Pallone recently sent a letter regarding the collective bargaining agreement. Click here to view the text of the letter.

"I'm disappointed in this agreement because it doesn't go far enough to ban smokeless tobacco entirely from baseball. The fact is that smokeless tobacco use by baseball players will still appear on television screens across the United States.

"By agreeing to begin HGH testing and requiring players to participate in public outreach regarding tobacco use, this agreement makes some steps forward. However, I'm still concerned about the mixed messages millions of young fans will see watching their favorite baseball player saying one thing in a public service announcement and doing another on the field. I challenge teams and coaches to go beyond this agreement and institute team-by-team rules that will raise the bar towards eliminating smokeless tobacco entirely from baseball."

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