The Major League Baseball season has begun, and for the first time the restrictions are in place for the use of chewing tobacco by players. Baseball has agreed to a voluntary ban on chewing tobacco among players when they sign autographs, are interviewed or appear at team events. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says this is a huge step.
Blumenthal says pro baseball players chewing tobacco and carrying tins in their back pocket makes it look cool, when it is actually a deadly addiction. Players will still be able to chew tobacco during games. The change came after Blumenthal and other members of Congress wrote to Major League Baseball on the issue.