As MLB Season Heats Up, Campaign to Get Tobacco Out of Baseball Grows

August 18, 2011

As the Little League World Series rolls along and Major League Baseball pennant races heat up, the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park coalition is hitting championship stride.

More than 120 national, state and local organizations — including baseball insiders, youth leagues and dozens of health groups — are urging the players union to agree to Commissioner Bud Selig's call for a ban. More are signing up every week.

Tobacco Unfiltered has kept you up to date on stories and events since 10 major medical and public health groups launched the campaign last November.

If you're reading this blog for the first time, here's a recap:

We're in the home stretch, and now it's up to you.

Tell the Major League Baseball Players' Association that tobacco use on the field and in the dugout while millions of young fans are watching gives kids the false idea that this is cool and athletic — when in fact spit tobacco causes disease and death.

It's time to Knock Tobacco Out of the Park.